The Trouble With Earworms

Gentle readers, if you have read my blog through, you may recall having read about my experiences with earworms.  Apparently this is not a recent phenomenon, rather it is just one of a “thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.”  http://nfs.sparknotes.com/hamlet/page_138.html

Nor is the temptation to, or the unwitting act, of sampling (call that plagiarism) someone else’s work.  Regarding plagiarism, it’s called “plagiarism” if no credit is offered to the source, and it’s called a “tribute,” or “honorable mention” if the work is cited.  If it’s plagiarism, it’s a “temptation… common to man,” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+10%3A12-14&version=KJV unless you have a good lawyer.  Then it’s one of two things.  It could be an honest mistake, as those words or that music or that idea is close to something similar, but not close enough to be actual plagiarism.  Or, or “The Court$ have determined that there i$ in$ufficient evidence to prove any intentional plagiarism nor malice.”

http://imslp.org/wiki/Concerto_Grosso_in_G_major,_HWV_319_(Handel,_George_Frideric)   says, “The first movement is a re-working of Handel’s first draft for his overture to Imeneo, HWV 41, while the last movement has some near-quotations from Keyboard Sonata in G major, K.2 by Scarlatti, first published that same year in London.”

Scarlatti’s tune must have been quite infectious, as Handel apparently sneezed and a very viral Scarlatti’s Syndrome spread notes across Handel’s page.

 Here’s another one, reflected upon by gentleman and blogger Peter Jost:  http://www.henle.de/blog/en/2013/08/19/filched-melodies-%E2%80%93-sarasate%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98zigeunerweisen%E2%80%99-gypsy-aires-under-suspicion-of-plagiarism/

Here, the second composer, Sarasate, actually followed the instructions of the original composer, Szentirmay, to more correctly  cite this part of his piece.  As a writer if I actually plagiarized someone’s written work, first I’d feel guilty about it, and second I’d cite the person I stole it from because of my habits and because I can’t afford to defend myself against a lawsuit.  But if I were a composer, I’d have a very hard time if there was a song in my head and I scored it out, remembering whose piece it was.  If I remembered it as something I heard before, I wouldn’t claim that or work it in without first trying to cite the original composer.  If I didn’t however, it would be an accident.

The question is a difference of definitions.  Is it that you deliberately plagiarized, or did you “sample” without giving proper credit to your source?  Did you do it on purpose?  If you did, you are, first, fucking lazy. And you are, second, an idiot.  And you are, third, a criminal.  All those allegations of plagiarism in the political arena should tell Americans something about their elected officials, if just that some of them use the same speech writers.  Oh, and speaking of speech writers, I’m available for hire, and I work cheap:  Only $40,000 per speech, Mr and Mrs Clinton.  I’ll give the same rate to Mr and Mrs Obama, sure, why not.  And I guarantee that you won’t have a hint of anything being plagiarized.  It’s a negotiable rate.  Call me, we’ll discuss.  Don’t have your people call my people.  I don’t have “people,” it’s just me.

Consider, in the modern era, the works of one of my very favorite bands, Led Zeppelin.  The authorities hauled poor Robert Plant into court to defend himself for having apparently plagiarized a chord progression from another band, Spirit.  For historically modern music, including the Led Zeppelin case with others, the issue is well handled by writer Jim Faber here: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/09/led-zeppelin-music-plagiarism-lawsuits-samples-chords-lyrics

And there have been other examples.  Eric Carmen is a brilliant keyboardist and singer whose works included sampling from ancient, long-dead composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_by_Myself . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_Gonna_Fall_in_Love_Again     Carmen’s family immigrated from Mother Russia, so it seemed natural for Mr Carmen, after his classical piano training, might take a melody line from one or two of his favorites and write lovely lyrics for them.  Wouldn’t you know Rachmaninoff’s estate contacted Mr Carmen and he agreed to pay them 12% of any royalties received for the two songs they caught.  According to a web forum http://www.pianostreet.com/smf/index.php?topic=43229.0 entry, Carmen would have had to wait 38 more years to publish those two songs to get all the royalties.  But Carmen had to make a living back then, didn’t he?  The songs were pretty good, and popular, so much so that others have moved in to cover All By Myself, notably the hilarious Igudesman and Joo.

Now I’ve put that song in your head, and I’ve got you reminiscing about lost loves.  Or, laughing at the hilarity.  I was first taken by the hilarity, and then struck by the musicianship.  They’re talented, brilliant musicians.

I don’t want to leave you, “living alone,” and “think[ing] of all the friends [you’ve] known,” only to realize that “when [you] pick up the phone, nobody’s home.”  I’m right here.  Sure, I’m at work.  It’s one of the annoying realities of my life, because, not for lack of trying, I’ve not yet won the big lottery and Publisher’s Clearinghouse sweepstakes.  When I do, I’ll let you know, and you can call me any time.  But if I were to leave you like that, I would be a terrible person.  When I have an earworm, paradoxically, I turn to rumored plagiarists Led Zeppelin.  I usually go with The Ocean Song, or The Immigrant Song, but today, I already have an earworm in my head.

When I’m down, I keep hearing this:

But I’m down oh, yeah yeah, oh, yeah
Yeah, but I’m down, so down
Ooh, my baby, oh, my baby
Let me take you there
Come on, oh let me take you there
Let me take you there.

No, I don’t want to bring you down, I want to take you to someplace nice.  That’s what Kashmir is all about.  The singer wants to get away from the harshness of life, and take his subject someplace nice.  Feeling down?  Let’s go together.

Your Opinion Is Irrelevant

We are delusional.  I don’t mean seeing things that aren’t there.  We can see things pretty clearly.  I mean believing things that aren’t true.  We get told what to think, and we’ve been taught to believe lies.

In America we were told that we live in a democracy, where everyone’s opinion counts and everyone has the right to free speech.  Look at the First Amendment to the Constitution:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

We’re told that public opinion is shifting, and we’re fed numbers that are supposed to support the premise.  But if the opinion polls are any indication, it’s always been clear that “figures don’t lie, but liars figure.”

Before the presidential election, I mocked the polls because they took a sampling of about 800 people and used that to predict the results, and I mocked the news media because that was the poll they chose to report about.  I mocked it because the sample the pollsters took was 0.00024461538 out of every 100 Americans.  The Powerball lottery odds are currently o.00000034223 out of 100.  (that number means nothing to my argument, but wasn’t it interesting to think about why I would put that in here?)  I don’t know about you, but once the numbers slip past three decimal places, I don’t think much of the chances of me and 99 other people being the winners of the big prize, or of the polls being right.

I value my privacy, so when I was asked to tell who I was going to vote for, I declined.  They ask me every election cycle.  Once in the last 10 years I gave a pollster my honest opinion, and decided thereafter to keep it private.  After all, when you vote, you’re in a little box and no one can see who you’re choosing.  I barely had time to vote, much less talk to a pollster.  I’d only be feeding them a number to skew, so it feels pointless to me.

So we’re told the public opinion is shifting, and that may be true.  Or maybe we’re being told public opinion is shifting and what direction it’s going, just to see if it will sway our own opinions.  I believe what I believe, and it doesn’t shift like sand at the ocean, or a boat deck.  Maybe people just vote their frustrations and their feelings at the time of voting.  Maybe, after years of Republican presidents and idiotic sound bytes in the news, we were sick of the stupidity and had the perception the president didn’t really give a shit about the American people, so we elected Obama.  Maybe, after years of failed policy and increases in health care expenses (mine will increase by $100.00 per fucking paycheck this coming year, while my salary goes up by $0.00 per fucking paycheck.  $2,600 I have to figure out how not to spend next year, that I spent, carefully, this year.)

We’re told that evolution and global warming aren’t just scientific theories beside other scientific theories.  We’re told they are science.  You can tell me they’re based on science, and I can tell you that they’re theories based on certain data samples, and that they ignore other data samples, or they are theories based on data the scientists wish was there.   Sometimes what we hear leads us to opinions we believe strongly, and sometimes we just want to believe.  But, read about how science and scientific journals have been set up to fail in any of the articles linked here.  If science is proven to be bad science by others trying to verify the findings using good science, maybe other scientific theories we’ve accepted as fact are based on bad science, inadequate sampling, and fraudulent data made to look like it supports someone’s pet theory or some desired public opinion sway.  Here’s one that was published and then very publicly retracted.  It was retracted because someone tried to duplicate the experiment and didn’t get the same results.  But the “scientist” who published the result “data” from the original “experiment” got published!!.  Before the journal called the “scientist” on their bullshit data and it was retracted.  Read the whole little novella and a little more interesting data here.  Were you paying attention when that happened?

It would have been  fantastic social science if it was true, but instead it’s another one of those papers that tell people how the writers think they should think, not what they actually think.  So with that in mind, do you really trust the social engineers who make money every time someone buys into global warming theory because they invest in the new improved products that are supposed to reduce our ‘carbon footprint?’  If it’s true, how did humans manage to not go extinct sooner if we really have been on the planet, evolving, polluting, and destroying the environment, for the six million years “scientists” yammer on about, with dubious proof and no extant “missing links” in between so-called evolutionary progressions?

For fucks sake, they used to live in caves or little huts, and some would burn literal animal shit for fire to COOK with.  Where was all the e.coli death back then to wipe out all of humanity?  We didn’t have modern plumbing so guess where they handled that business?  Modern plumbing has proven just EXCELLENT for both human civilization and the environment in recent years.  Just look in Flint, Michigan.  Oh, tell me the industrial revolution in the 1800s started the destruction even though our ignorant ancestors had been working on it since six million years earlier, but our oh-so-fragile planet, suddenly now, in the immortal words of Star Trek’s engineer Mr. Scott, ” cannae stand the strrrain?”

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In an era when you can publish whatever fabricated bullshit you feel like , until you get caught, or even after that, it’s magnificent “science,” isn’t it: “Sure, there are several climate theories, but a select few who call themselves the majority, in agreement with the people who call themselves ‘the only reputable scientific authorities,’ have decided that the media and mainstream scientific community can only believe and promote this one theory, and all other opinions or theories, being deemed by said ‘majority’ and ‘scientific community’ as ‘unscientific,’ can shut the fuck up.”

There have been magnificent examples of plagiarism (e.g., Fareed Zakaria) and fabricated bullshit (e.g., Jayson Blair) in the news community and the literary community.  Even in the blogging community, if you read certain fucking awesome blogs , and that’s only one example because on his blog there’s been documented plagiarism, and if you read certain other, lame blogs, there’s lots of fabricated bullshit.  So who can you really trust as an “authority” or a “source of original material?”

But if the “mainstream” scientific community is right about the age of the earth, global warming, and environmental destruction, how the fuck were we not all dead long ago?  Back when people knew far less science, they should have killed us all if the world was really all that old, feeble and frail.  Do you trust the social engineers who sell you evolution theory and try to shout over, and silence, anyone who believes any alternate origin theories?  Really, that’s a great foundation for a solid education:  “Sure, there are several origin theories, but a select few who call themselves the majority, in agreement with the people who call themselves the only reputable scientific authorities, have decided that teachers can only teach this one theory, and all other opinions or theories, being deemed by said ‘majority’ and ‘scientific community’ as ‘unscientific,’ can shut the fuck up.”

Oh, I have traveled far afield from where I was going.  So, back to the Constitution.  But this social engineering is an experiment of its’ own.  When the Constitution was written, literate people knew what the writers meant.  When the amendments were written, literate people understood the purpose.  But in the modern era, words don’t mean what they mean, because everything is up for interpretation.  I mean, seriously, what “is” this?

Or, to put it another way, what the in-a-present-state-of-existence,-existant, real, fuck?

When *I* read the First Amendment, I understood it saying that Congress can’t establish a state religion, or tell people how they ought to worship.  But that’s only because I’m not a damned lawyer.  In the historical context of writing, King Henry VIII had done both of these things.  He wanted to fornicate, (according to His contemporary Church’s laws and traditions, which to him weren’t just contemporary, but also contemptible) but the church authorities wouldn’t give him divorce papers.  So he did what any self-respecting church-disrespecting king did.  He started the Church of England and thumbed his nose and flipped a couple of birds at the Pope.  Not the ONLY reason, but certainly one of many straws that nearly broke the beast with two back’s balls.  Of course you know the difference between King Henry VIII and and a Bactrian camel.  One is a huge two-toed beast with two humps who can carry you through the desert, from hell to breakfast, and the other is a huge Tudor beast with two backs who wants to hump (SIX wives plus affairs?!) without being condemned to hell with no Brexit.  I mean “exit.”

Because of a modern interpretation of the First Amendment, (Engel v. Vitale) we damn well can’t have organized prayers in the public schools, (here in the “land of the free,” where “Congress shall make NO laws,” but the Supreme Court bloody well did) even if they are student organized and led.  We also have to have fucking “holiday” concerts because heaven forbid we should fucking say “Christmas” at a school.  You don’t even pronounce the Christ part, and many just say X-mas, which nobody really likes.  On the one side it’s too big a compromise, and on the other, not enough.   “It’s Fall Break” because some idiot is afraid to say “Thanksgiving”vacation.  And “Spring” Break, because the same idiot is afraid to say “Easter” break, which doesn’t even mention Jesus’ resurrection or his name in it.  You can now mention any other religious or man-made holiday celebration or tradition, just not the Christian ones.  But somehow, we did fine for 171 years, brainwashing our children with recitations of The Lord’s Prayer, other prayers from the Bible, and other prayers offered by school personnel and students. Here’s a quick excerpt from an article about colonial Williamsburg, about how they damaged the fragile psyches of the children:

Well, shit.  Just go to the link.  Their own internal links aren’t attached.  Since I couldn’t get to the terms of use or copyright stuff, I won’t quote it because who wants to be accused of being a fucking plagiarist.  Only serious journalists and writers would ever want that.  My research says back then, they read from a primer with prayers and questions and answers about God.

G-fucking-O-fucking-D!!!!  Be afraid, fucking self-styled anti-religion-unless-it’s-an-inoffensive-or-cool-or-currently-hot-topic-type-of-religion censors.  And yes, gentle readers, it was the God of the Traditional 66-Book Old and New Testament Bible we’re talking about here, and deep, heavy, philosophical questions to think about.  Shit like:  What is the chief end of man?  In the modern age, people who don’t read wouldn’t have the first clue what that means, much less have the cognitive ability to understand the answer.  Illiterate savages.  Q: What is the chief end of man?  A:  Duh, I don’t know. His ASS?  But back then, fourth graders, maybe even younger kids, knew what it meant, knew they had a unique and special purpose in life, knew the other questions all by heart, knew the answers, and knew where to find verses that proved the point  in their family Bible.  Why are people in the 2K years idiots?  Because they don’t read EVERYTHING, and they should.  Contrary opinions build stronger apologists with better apologetics.  And the more you read, the more you understand what you read.

When *I* read the Second Amendment, I understood it saying people have the right to own and carry guns, period.  In the historic context of writing, we had fought for independence from England, after King George the Turd…  I mean, um, King George III had attempted to restrict citizens of the colonies. (oh, check the King George III link out, THAT’S GOOD scholarship.- Thanks, David Koppel, and I hope you don’t mind me directing people toward you and your writing.)  The writing of both first and second amendments were clear attempts to say that our United States would NOT be framed and built like England, but rather, we would have personal rights and freedoms that wouldn’t be restricted by an intrusive government.

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

But alas, in the modern era there are apparently nuances of implication, intent, meaning, historical contextualization and language that we commoners are far too simple minded to figure out for ourselves, so the government has stepped in and interpreted that church and state should be separate even though people obviously practice their religious practices and believe their faiths while working in government offices and schools.  So we now have what’s bordering on separation of church FROM state, depending on which religion you practice.  It’s a double-standard, though.  If you want to take extra breaks at work to pray toward a city that’s significant in your religion, say, 42° 26′ 05″N Latitude, 83° 59′ 06″W Longitude, as long as you meet your performance metrics like everyone else at your company, that’s fine, but if you want to say, “If I’m free to exercise my religion I don’t have to do something that is an offense to me as a practitioner of my faith,  you get told “tough shit, you have to do that,” and you get insulted, called names, and you get death threats.  You don’t get the option of practicing your religion at work, unless your religion is unobtrusive, invisible, or currently popular and socially acceptable to defend.  Even in the schools, if you make a work of art that has religious overtones, it depends on what it is.

Why are there “nuances of [blahblahblah, you lost me long before “nuances,” Deon, will this article EVER end?]?  Why?  Because someone wants us to believe that everything is open to interpretation.  Like the linguist who wants to dissect words and define what the meaning of the word “is” is so all of us uneducated shitheads can understand.  Or so all us angry souls who want things made right, when they weren’t done right in the first place, will be so confused we give up on our impeachment processes or inquiries.

We are ignorant, illiterate savages.

People are going to believe what they believe, it doesn’t necessarily make it “absolute truth.” For example, I just read that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was named “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2016, by the people at People magazine.  He has a kind of appeal.  Even a guy would appreciate his masculine bad-ass-ery.  Having said that, I’m sorry, Mr. Johnson. Shemar Moore (you’re welcome, “babygirls”) still surpasses you, for me. Sure. you’re both smart and funny and nice, and you both certainly fit the fitness category, so really, you’re both beautiful specimens of manhood; don’t get me wrong. Shemar is just smooth. I shouldn’t really explain it any more than that.  I never watched The Young and the Restless, but I have watched Criminal Minds and Diary of a Mad Black Woman…

 

I’ve seen Hercules, The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, and they were awesome. You’ve seen the Fast and Furious series, and other movies.  I can look at The Rock and say, “He’s really cool,” but I look at Shemar Moore and I think, “damn, that’s a sexy man.” And then, it comes down to perception, because the “absolute truth” is that I’ve been the sexiest man alive for every year since I turned 18, but the press doesn’t know me. Don’t ever tell them. They’d be going on scavenger hunts to find my damn bunker. Don’t you fucking dare.

In other science news, Thus spake the Prophet, “We’re all going to die.” That’s right, Stephen Hawking hath prophesied. And not to be grim and sardonic about it, but he sounds a lot like Glum from the old animated cartoon Gulliver’s Travels, which I am far too young to remember. Glum used to say things exactly like Stephen Hawking’s prophecy: “We’ll never make it! We’re all gonna die.”  And then they  made it and nobody died.  But  from the brilliant mind of Stephen, the prediction is that we have less than a thousand more years before someone fucks up so badly that we all become extinct as a species. OR, a giant asteroid will come and play bumper pool with Earth, whereupon, “we’re all gonna die.”

I respect Stephen Hawking.  He’s far more intelligent than most of us but in the interest of sharing scientific theories, I have an alternate, non-scientific one. We have at least 1007 years, give or take as to when that first year starts, and how long the wrap-up at the end of that takes. My theory is from two sources. First, John on Patmos (Revelation 20) who said, before he promised that there will be a new heaven and a new earth, that Christ himself would rule on this present earth for a thousand years. Second, it’s really too much to write here but Daniel and Jesus both promised it’s coming: an additional 7 years during which it’ll seem like “we’re all gonna die.” Even that’s up for interpretation and it depends on who you read, since it hasn’t happened yet, but look here for some interesting theories about it. That language is a hell of a lot more cryptic than the Constitution, so I understand why people have so many different ideas about it. I have a preferred option but I won’t know if I’m right until it happens and neither will any of the other people with personal prophetic interpretations. However, if I am right, there’s at least 1007 years left on this rock, so that will mean the great Mr Hawking has underestimated the lesser beings and our potential. By a few years at least.

Occasionally prophecy is easy to debunk.  Like TB Joshua from Nigeria, who predicted that Clinton would become the president.  He had a shot at being right, but apparently one of two things happened.  Either, 1- God is mischievous, and he lied to let TB look bad, or 2-TB is full of shit, and lied about it, or, best case, didn’t wait for the straight answer from God.  He cited the anointing of king David of Israel as an excuse for his failure, but Samuel and God were having a conversation and Samuel was listening for the answers to his questions:  “Surely,” God, your choice for king is this stately, good-looking young man!  And God said, “No.”  Samuel didn’t anoint the wrong king.  But by saying Clinton was going to win, TB was giving her his anointing as the prophet, claiming to be God’s prophet, and he was wrong.  The people of Israel didn’t really take kindly to prophets who failed.  We don’t treat them like that in the modern era, but I wonder if his followers won’t give him a Trump-esque “You’re FIRED!”

I don’t usually debunk prophecy, and the one from Hawking is a moot point because I will be leaving you soon. That’s right, I’m quitting, and soon. I can’t tell you exactly when that will happen, but sometime in the next 80 years, assuming medical technology gets me past the next 50, (I’ll be 101), there will be no more Deon Mumple to kick around, abuse, take for granted, cook, do dishes, laundry, vacuuming, trash, mopping, bathrooms, windows, and provide the standard flirtatious remarks, admiring gazes, hot steamy sex, Mrs. M. Sometime In the next 80 years, I’m done. Which means unless Stephen is right but has VASTLY overestimated us, I won’t be around to validate HIS prophecy, much less my own.

I am still here, and while here, I hope you all have a great century.  Don’t believe the guys who tell us there’s no hope.  Because, if there’s no hope, well, then what’s the point of anything?  But if there is hope, then maybe there’s also truth.  Maybe there’s actual meaning, and not nuances of denial.  Maybe we have a purpose.  It’s possible that we’re beautiful, unique individuals, and if we seek the truth, we might find out that “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Life In Denial, Part Deux

Maybe I should say part five.  In my previous article I mentioned several ways in which Americans are in denial about the 2016 presidential election.  But wait!  There’s more!  I don’t sleep much when I remember to take my meds, so I have lots of time to read and watch the news, in spite of myself.

If you are and were a rabid Clinton supporter, or possibly a rabid Trump supporter, click over to someone else’s blog now.  You will not like what you’re about to read.  It’s just not pretty, no matter which side you look at it from.  (Take that, grammar Nazis!  For you non-grammar-Nazis, the rule was “a preposition is something one should never end a sentence with.”)  I didn’t like any of the candidates, and I’ll decline to let ANYONE know who I voted for.  You can guess, and I won’t confess.  But I voted.  I’ll confess, this article is pissing ME off even as I write.  I know where this is going, so after I finish it, if I decide to post it, I’m going to be so upset I’ll have to go somewhere else myself just to get away from it.  And there’s a few beers in the fridge waiting,unless I resort to my standby vodka.  Shit.  I’m almost out of vodka.  So, beer then.

Why am I resorting to alcohol?  Because, friends, America is fucked, and it’s not Trump’s or Pence’s fault, not Clinton’s fault, not Obama’s fault, not Putin’s fault, not Kim Jong’s fault, not Hassan Rouhani’s fault, not even Theresa May’s nor Benjamin Netanyahu’s nor Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s fault.  It’s our fault.  We’re fucked, because too many Americans are fucking idiots. Obama, Clinton, Pence, and Trump, may well be fucking idiots, but it’s not their faults.  Shakespeare wrote, “The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars (celebrities, well-known wealthy people, well-hidden wealthy people, politicians), but in ourselves, that we are underlings.”  Of course, when he spoke of stars, he meant our fortunes as supposedly spelled out by the relative positions and interpreted meanings of the celestial bodies.  But I mean to say that politicians do not bear the full blame for the shit America is in.
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It’s your fault, it’s my fault, as citizens of this nation, that we have chosen between two Americans who best represented America.

In Clinton we have a woman for all women (and some men), someone powerful and opinionated, who stands up for a woman’s right not to be bothered with the potential impact a man might make in her life whether he’s good or not, a right to make choices and damn the consequences for anyone who might get in her way, a right to decide whether to live for herself or live for others or to try for a little of both.  She takes charge and makes choices and listens to her own heart and pursues her own dreams, and occasionally she forgives herself if she might not be able to hear someone else’s heart or consider someone else’s possible dreams over the importance of her own heart’s drumbeat.  (Subtle, ain’t I?)  She forgives others (she didn’t murder Bill, did she now?) unless they’re irredeemably deplorable people, and when she makes a “mistake,” she thinks a little forgiveness isn’t too much to ask.  A woman for all women, she had enough mystique (charisma, intrigue, scandal, lies, money, fame, and ambition) to represent the we we could be if we had enough money, ambition, fame, and just enough of a lack of moral principles.  She has the experience as a stateswoman  and is accustomed to making deals where you accept what you can get and deal with the negatives as you can.  She unified people who most closely aligned with her principles, good or evil, and some of us stood with her.

You can call me a misogynist, despite your knowledge of my love for all women in general and my wife in specific, because I blamed Mrs Clinton at least in part, for her husband’s well known (and it’s certain, many not well known) lapses of moral character.  Bottom line, it was his fault and his choice, and his stupidity.  But.  If a woman commits in marriage to a man, she commits to care for him and encourage him, by any means.  I don’t know what went on behind closed doors, but there were evident problems.  I’m sorry if you don’t like other people’s opinions when they’re different than  yours, but I believe, (let the metaphor be heard) if a woman sets the gourmet meal of all his favorite foods in front of him (and he should do the same for her) and lets him pick what he likes often enough at home, he won’t be as likely to go out sneaking to the shitty little fast-food burger joints around town.  If you cook, but you never cook something he really likes, he’s eventually going to crave it enough to go elsewhere to have it.  You don’t have to be a master chef, you just have to try the recipe even if all the ingredients aren’t just like on the cooking shows. He’ll be happy, and your cooking will improve with practice.  It’s out there now, so I expect I’ve lost readers for saying it.  If I made you mad, remember, I told you not to read it.  If I made you quit following my blog, fuck off and read someone who writes better than me; I know damn well there are a LOT of better writers.  If I do apologize, it’s only for writing as though a specific set of readers would actually read this article.  I wrote it that way, I’m calling them idiots, but most of my actual readers aren’t.  So since you’re not an idiot, don’t take offense when I call the people I’m writing about, idiots.  They are, you’re not.  Sorry in advance.

In Trump we have a man for all men (and some women), someone powerful and opinionated, who stands proudly and builds an empire.  He stands up for himself and promises to stand up for our country, and not let anyone take any unfair advantage of us.  If someone wants to come to America and respect American laws and culture and heritage, maybe even make friends and come over to the house, there’s no problem.  We’ll share our grilled steaks and a few beers, but if someone wants to sneak in through a side window in the dark and steal our shit, that’s a different matter.   Trump fearlessly, thoughtlessly and selfishly spoke, seeming like he was almost deliberately trying to piss people off. And yet we know he’s right.  He’s right that we need to figure out what to do about people who want to come to America and kill us, but wrong in his proposed approach to that defense.  Not all illegal aliens crossing illegally into the United States over the border  with Mexico are criminal rapist drug dealers.  Most of them are hard workers who just want an opportunity and haven’t figured out how to do it the legal way.  But some drugs come from Mexico.  The very act of sneaking across the border without proper documentation or declaration of intent makes the one who does this a criminal in the eyes of our current law.  And occasionally an illegal alien from Mexico or some other country turns out to be a psychopathic perro who doesn’t want to shit in his own back yard.  Not all Muslims seeking to get into the United States are bent on destroying heathen American lives, and peace amid the illusion of safety, even if it costs them their own lives as a sacrifice to their god.  But occasionally one Muslim, or another, or a couple, (or an alleged Christ follower,  or a group) goes rogue due to overly dogmatic doctrine, doing things contrary to what most say is “mainstream.”  They’re called “radical.”  Both Muslim and Pseudo-Christian terrorists call themselves “conservative,” and say their interpretations and applications of their sacred texts are correct and justified.  In actual fact, a  person or group perpetrating run-of-the-mill crime OR hate crime are just fucking criminal, that’s all.  And there’s really no way to know who might do what next.  We’ve seen what the so-called “sleeper cells” have done in Paris, and Nice, France, Belgium, England, and what a single attacker did in Canada as well as what a sleeper cell was plotting in Canada.  Occasionally even Americans do some pretty stupid things for a cause, however misguided.  While they may feel like their motive is for a greater good, their actions are just criminal. (Thanks, NC NOW, for the insightful article)  Do NOT try to tell me that a true Christ-follower would ignore His commandments , instructions, and teachings (footnote to the last link: mainstream Jews of Jesus’ day hated Samaritans).  Why the idiots in the KKK were allowed to announce an endorsement is beyond my comprehension.  Why they don’t abhor their own souls for their inherent hatred of others    Now, I’m not saying we can’t respectfully disagree, discuss, and debate.  But IMHO, any unprovoked murderous attack “in the Name of Jesus” is not done in the name of MY Jesus.  It’s just done by someone who wants to discredit His real message, or prove they’re an asshole.  I’m sure many peace-loving Muslims feel the same about radicals who call themselves Muslim.

Trump doesn’t play a character on TV trying to appeal to the broadest cross section possible.  He’s the same guy he’s always been.  An irritating braggart who still manages to be very rich and very successful.  He welcomes opportunity, and when opportunity comes along, he grabs life by the pussy and rides it until he gets what he wants.  He’s an unapologetic, brash, loud, proud idiot.  He’s the we we all would be if we had his finances, his persistence, his luck, and his lack of good manners and tact.  He offered this leadership style to America, standing on the proof of his wealth, power, and success, and some of us invested.

And why did it come down to these two?  Because, American voters:  We’re idiots.  We damn well knew the character of both of these people, and yet those are the two we chose, out of fucking 321,420,000.

So the election is over, and one side didn’t win.  And in the modern era, what does that mean?  Protesters, because we’re idiots.  Clinton understands the election laws, the election process, and knows how to gracefully and lawfully step aside when she lost the electoral college vote.  Her concession speech evidenced her understanding and surprising grace.   Trump wasn’t prepared to accept a loss, but Clinton handled herself with perfect poise and dignity, and issued a call for unity.

So what do Americans do?  Act out in a temper-tantrum of civil disobedience and rioting against Clinton’s clear instructions.  Dumbasses.  Go home, you’re not doing what your leader says, so who exactly are you following?  You’re as bad a hypocrite as the self-proclaimed “Christ-followers” who do the violence and terrorism and shit.  And you delude yourself into thinking you’re doing something positive, but you’re a criminal.  She said:

…we must accept this result and then look to the future.

Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines other things. The rule of law, the principle that we are all equal in rights and dignity, freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them.

Clinton supporters denied that Trump told the truth about the broken Electoral process, and now they’re upset about the results.  Trump said it was broken, and if you’re a Clinton supporter I would bet you believe him now.  You have as your scapegoat the electoral college.  Except that the electoral college is national, constitutional law.  Clinton is aware of this, and in the name of respect for the law and the love of peace,  she told her people that she’s now going to support Trump as President, and her followers should do the same, and do the good they would have if she had won.  I was very impressed she included Galatians 6:9 in her speech.  I was impressed by the tone of acceptance and peace.

I was unimpressed (and sadly, not the least bit surprised) to hear the pride of Trump, in himself, no mention of any Bible or any other sacred text of any kind, and only a last-minute inclusion of gratitude to Pence, who may be one of few reasons why Trump somehow won.  No, it’s very clear to those who are really paying attention, that the only person Trump really loves, is himself.

And what’s even worse than Clinton supporters rioting, there are a few too many isolated reports of fucking idiot people claiming to be in Trump’s camp who may or may not be doing or saying hateful, racist, homophobic, islamophobic (or any other religio-phobia), ignorant, criminal things.  Vandalism, terrorism, assault?  Fuck you.  This is why he didn’t really want the endorsement from the fucking KKK.

Go home and stop doing your hateful, shitty, criminal acts.  You’re idiots.  You aren’t doing it right, you’re not even following the instructions of the guy you supposedly support.  He said:

“Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.  It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

You aren’t doing any of this.

Instead, you’re in this for yourselves and you’re worse than the stupidity of Trump’s campaign trail foolishness, and multiplying it by several thousand.  Trump said offensive things before and during the campaign.  If  the charges are truthful, he DID offensive things before the campaign.  Trump offended practically everyone and still won the electoral college vote even though Clinton apparently won the popular vote (but not by much).

It’s a Civics lesson, kids.  We’re by and large idiots, because most don’t even know how it works, and we’re idiots because we don’t realize this:  The electoral college was conceived not because of poor communication, but because all the way back in the 1790s the leaders knew the average uneducated American peasant wasn’t very bright, so the popular vote may not always be the best choice for America.  The Electoral College is the failsafe to prevent the ignorant American commoner from fucking up the country, and the ignorant American commoner is us.

We can undo the 12th constitutional amendment, but the rioting in the streets is sad evidence we can’t undo ignorance.  Repealing a constitutional amendment has been done before.  They repealed prohibition, thank God.  It’s a simple procedure but it takes time and either a significant vote by Congress-both House AND Senate, or an even more sweeping call by State legislatures.  Prohibition’s repeal was done by the State process, but that was a hugely popular idea.  It would take a long time to do the State process for Clinton.  And Congress moves even slower.  After it’s done, we’d probably be too late to undo Trump.  It requires either a National Convention or a Congressional proposal  And if we did, it wouldn’t undo what the current electoral college has decided for America.  It wouldn’t allow retroactive installation of Clinton even if she did win the popular vote.  She didn’t win by a high enough majority to undo the constitution.  It would probably take longer than 4 years to amend the constitution, even if it did ultimately pass.

In other news of ignorance, I’m hearing about a possible Presidential pardon of Clinton by Obama before he leaves office.  Except that’s nonsense because it would imply Clinton is lying when she says she hasn’t done anything wrong.  If Trump makes good on his campaign promise to investigate Clinton, what will he find out?  We know of a trail of several and varied scandals that Clinton’s had her hand in, from Watergate to hostagegate.  $400M and we only got 4 of our 8 hostages set free.  Can Obama write a pardon like a blank check, that exonerates her without implicating her?   Can Clinton get that carte blanche for anything that might be discovered without confessing what she’s done?  And if that happens, and then we do discover something, are we allowed to riot in the streets until Clinton is un-pardoned?   Should Obama be investigated?   Of both Clinton AND Obama, one wonders what skeletons we’d find in their closets that aren’t recently put away halloween decorations.  Would we want their smug smiles slapping down the papers that officially forgives them for anything they’ve done that was against the law?  And would we be content with letting them get off scott-free for what they did?

Not that I have the time to riot.  I have to work so I can stay, just barely, above poverty, at least until any new minimum wage hikes start.  If that happens, then I’m back to the lower end of the poverty  scale, because whatever the new minimum wage is, that’s the new poverty.  I’ve worked a long time at keeping a job so I could earn more than that, and I’d rather the politicians, or worse, the American people, NOT push me back down to the bottom.  Fucking idiots.

Is 4 AM too late to have a beer?  Or is it too early?

Life in Denial

I’ve read there are three sides to every story:  your story, their story, and the truth.  There are three sides to an argument.  Your side, their side, and the right side.

Being unsure of the origin I looked it up and found what I hope is the original, and then what I’m delighted to report is music I’ve never heard before.

“There are three sides to every story: your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Memories shared serve each differently.”
Robert Evans. (2002). The Kid Stays in the Picture [Documentary]. Highway Films.

Here’s the song, too, because you all know I REALLY love music. Joe has his three sides, and there are three I want to talk about.

America, holy shit, let us pray. Apparently we’ve decided collectively that Trump was the lesser of the evils running for president, and elected him.  I might have written the same article with the story taking a different turn if Clinton had won, but we have what we have. There are three sides of denial to be dealt with here, and I’m not going to let any of them pass.  I lied; there are four sides, and some of the sets of groups of people in their various denials overlap like a terrifying Venn diagram.

So here’s the denial on the party of the first part:

Side I:
Trump, like all politicians before him, has lied to the American people, and we let it slide. The Muslim ban, and the Great Wall of Mexico are quixotic, idiotic, xenophobic wet dreams that will NEVER happen, and if they do they will be disastrous for our country. We all know this. The wall promise will be impossible to fulfill and if it does come to pass it will cost more to maintain and secure than we will ever save by having fewer illegal aliens come over the borders. And Mexico will never foot the contractor’s bills, the maintenance costs, nor monitor our wall for us.

If we can’t have a wall, we probably will continue to have a revolving door for our illegal alien workforce, if they’re even caught by immigration officials. Don’t get me wrong. I want everyone to be law-abiding. But the reality is that some won’t respect the law, true about immigration, true about crime, true about guns. I hope, regarding his promise about crime, that he can get a law passed requiring the death penalty for anyone convicted of murdering a cop in cold blood. But I also want the balance of the death penalty for any cop convicted of murdering an innocent person in cold blood too. If I’m reaching for my license, don’t fucking shoot me.

He promises to use common sense to fix the mental health system and prevent mass shootings. The trouble with this is that it’s another aspect of denial. I submit that he’s probably lying here too, because “common sense” would actually separate mass shootings and mental illnesses into separate categories, each of which needs to be addressed: A mass shooter is a criminal, a person with a mental illness is a person with a mental illness. Sometimes the sets are combined, but it’s not a bus to throw everyone with a mental illness under. This discussion of mental health and crime needs experts who know something about mental illness in on the discussion, not just the kneejerk reactionary vapid and nebulous promise of policy development. This one is important to me. I want to be on the advisory committees, but I don’t expect an invitation.

Here’s why:
1) I think mass shooters and other terrorists need to be immediately executed by the arresting officers. (No invite, because with that opinion, I’m barbaric.  But if people know that at the end of it all they’re going to die, there will be fewer shooters and terrorists.)  If you and your group plan an act of terrorism and begin its’ execution, and you get caught in the act, I want to leave no further opportunity and I want to just end you, with no fame or martyrdom.  No mention of names in the media, you’re erased from life and history.

2) I think people with mental illnesses need to be treated with respect and dignity and afforded the exact  same rights granted to every other citizen (No invite, because with that opinion, I’m crazy).  Mental illnesses are diverse in scope and impact, but I believe it’s safe to opine that most people with mental illnesses want to just live normal lives, not commit crimes or kill other people.  I know people with no mental illness who routinely make jokes about killing people, just like people with mental illnesses sometimes do, and from these people, they are fucking JOKES.  I’m angry, but I’m not angry enough to buy a gun and murder anyone.  I don’t know about anyone else, but the voices in MY head only tell me to harm myself, not other people.  We deserve the right to own firearms and use them in our own defense, the same as anyone who’s called “mentally healthy.”

Because criminals may technically not be allowed to have or use guns, but that doesn’t mean they won’t figure out a way to steal one, buy one, or make one.  Plus, if a killer (translation: criminal) wants to kill someone, a gun isn’t required.  They can use bullying or some other psychological weapon, fists, a car, a lake, a knife, a rope, poison, a bomb, or any of a number of unconventional murder weapons, such as a plastic bag, or a brick wall, or cartoon-style violence if they’re truly creative: a freight train, a rocket, an acme mail-order novelty, or maybe a piano, or an anvil.

Normal people, including normal people with mental illnesses, understand that doing these things in real life make one a criminal, but in cartoons and movies such actions are not fatal because the artist wakes up and draws, or creates new special effects, another day.  We all suspend our disbelief just like when we watch movies, and may even laugh if it’s comical.

Criminals actually DO criminal things to other people, and they need to be treated as criminals and justly taken care of so they won’t, or can’t, harm another person.

Separately, people with mental illnesses need to be cared for by a caring community of professionals, not lumped in with criminals and presumed guilty before any act is ever perpetrated.  Disallowing guns to ALL those with mental illnesses sets a huge group up to be victims of crimes by those who somehow get their hands on guns, legal or not.

He promises to make medical marijuana widely available to patients, and allow states to decide if they want to fully legalize pot or not. If it’s not a lie, I say it’s not enough. Just push for congress to legalize it across America, and then push another law that all in jail for marijuana be immediately released and the records of all convicted of marijuana related offenses be immediately expunged.

There’s probably more deceit in the lists of promises.  But I’m already tired of it, and I hope the GOOD promises he made are carried out, and the foolish ones are admitted as foolishness.

We’ve accepted as our leader a person who joked about sexual assault.  Sexual assault is a crime; it’s not funny.  Ever.  I can’t say this with enough emphasis.  I really, seriously pray that Trump is able to behave decently and morally, while in office.  But there’s no denying the way he evidently thinks about women, at least some of the time, because it’s out there.

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Side II:

Clinton supporters?  You’re in denial too.  You whine and moan about the election results and claim a glass ceiling that prohibits ALL women in the office of president.  But that’s not accurate.  I’d vote for a woman for president, just not Clinton- because of her history of scandal and coverup.  There are several women I’d like to consider from these lists, who might potentially make great presidents.  I have a list of potentially viable candidates here.  Let’s investigate them all NOW and not 4 years from now, so we know who’s the most supportable candidate on the basis of all those ethical categories- misandry, ethics, criminal background, criminal allegation, um, if I’m allowed to assert there are universal goods and universal evils as measurements of character, let’s choose someone of basically good character.  If there aren’t any (and I seriously doubt that) then let’s find another woman of good character and ask her to run.

You’re in more denial, when you deny the scandals themselves.  We want to call them “mistakes.”  But there was no mistake in Benghazi when nothing was done at all to defend our citizens, our soldiers, or to rescue them.  But we rescued the traitorous Bergdahl due to the tireless efforts of Clinton in exchange for giving them back known criminal terrorists, and paid a $400M illegal ransom to a government that is openly antagonistic against America, in exchange for 4 , not all 8, of our citizens being held prisoner at the time of the event by that government.  And we were fed a story about that exchange, that just screams to me that it’s a lie.  So we care about some American citizens, just not all of us.  Depends who you know, and how valuable a chess piece you are on the global chess board.

There was no “mistake” in propping up women who were willing to allege Trump’s assaults.  The mistake was in your timing.  Tell us before he’s the only other candidate left for the people to vote for.  Saving the allegations for this late in the campaign says you’re desperate, you’re shady, you’re lying.  You made a power play in withholding this, because you let the other candidates in the race falter for various cosmetic or personality reasons because they would be stronger in the end of the race if you didn’t trip THEM, than Trump was.  And then at the end, you gave us these allegations.  Too late.  And if Trump is a bad choice, for bankruptcy or misogyny, or being whiny when he doesn’t win, then your choice in waiting because you thought you could beat him was a mistake.  Dr. Carson or Ted Cruz might have lost in the end if they were left in the race, just based on their belief systems.

Clinton also threw the race on the basis of her idiotic stance about gun control.  She said she would implicate gun manufacturers in gun crime, and restrict guns like Obama did in Chicago.  We see how well gun control is working there, right?  And the people who make guns aren’t any more culpable in gun crime as McDonald’s or Hardee’s is in causing morbid obesity.  They make a product to meet a demand, it’s sold under circumstances basically controlled by the threat levels they pose, and no one is forcing the fast food customer to supersize their asses and not exercise and clog their arteries and die of a heart attack.  And no gun manufacturer is forcing the gun buyer to commit a crime.  I sympathize with people who have been the victims of gun crimes, but I put to you who would restrict gun access to law abiding citizens, that it isn’t the law-abiding citizens who are causing all of the gun related problems.  Restrict the law-abiding citizens, and they are marked with targets.
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Side III:

Finally, there’s the overlapping set of denials we all perpetrated here.

Let’s start with the electoral college.  We have the electoral college that makes us a democratic republic, and not a true democracy.  The news media is saying that Clinton won the popular vote but lost the electoral college.  This tells me, the electoral college is an antiquated system for choosing a candidate based on an elite few who may or may not represent the voice of the people.  It should be abolished, and the popular vote should select elected officials.  The whole nation is in denial in letting that system choose our president.  If you want your vote to count, abolish the electoral college.

We picked these two, or four, whatever, that’s not the point here, and presented them to America as if they were our best and brightest, and we voted for them (or against them).  Both majority candidates were lacking in character.  Both lied, or hid truths, or told half truths, or asked forgiveness for various character lapses, and we bought that shit and put it on our dinner tables and served it up.  America, if we’re not ALL, collectively, a bunch of fucking idiots…

Trump tried to tell us the electoral process is broken, and if you believed that and you voted for him, you’re a bigger idiot than he was for saying it, and if you believe it now and voted against him, read what I said about the electoral college again and compliment Trump for saying at least ONE thing that was the truth.

Clinton tried to tell us that increasing the minimum wage would be a good idea, so she could fulfill her other promise of increasing taxes to pay for all the programs she wanted to give us.  Some of her campaign rhetoric, and some of her campaign ideas, like her opponents, were fucking brilliant.  But not this one.  Some of Trump’s promises and rhetoric, and some of Clinton’s, were utter and complete bullshit.  This idea is case in point.  Because I’ve worked very hard for a long time to get a wage that is higher than minimum wage, but if you shove a raise at everyone that doesn’t make a higher rate of pay in the name of just raising it, you neglect to consider basic economics.  Basic economics lesson:  the economy adjusts itself.    This means, if you suddenly decide to raise the minimum wage “to get people out of poverty,” it sounds good on its’ face, but after economic adjustment, the new minimum becomes the new poverty.  It’s basically stupid and doesn’t honor my efforts to better myself by staying with a company for a while until I earn raises.  It slaps me back down until I’m back at the bottom of the fucking pay scale again.  Fuck you, for wanting to make me at the lowest level of poverty all over again.  Just FUCK YOU.

Oh, I forgot I lied, there are 4 sides to this story.  I made a mistake, it was simple math classroom talk, it was an oversight, forgive and forget, OK?

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Side IV:  What we all should do:

In short, what we should do is face reality, and go forward with whatever’s left of our integrity, and pray for America and for Trump and Pence.

I said it when the Christ-followers thought Obama was the anti-christ in the flesh, and I’ll say it now that the Demoncrats lost their bid for the White House:  Pray.

After you finish praying to whatever god you believe in, in whatever faith you practice, remain as productive, law abiding citizens and do the good you would have done if Clinton had won, or the good you wanted to do if Trump won.  Or your third party choice.  We need to work together, and we need each other to make a strong country.  It’s not Trump or Clinton who makes us great.  It’s each other, supporting and helping each other.

I heard several public faces saying they’d leave the country if this or that candidate won.  Well, my first reaction is, if you said you’d leave if Trump won, get the fuck out.  But my second, more heartfelt and loving reaction is, if you still can make a go of staying to help the rest of us, please stay.

The ridicule, mudslinging and character assassination of presidential candidates is over for the next 4 years, thank GOD, so let’s move on like we always do.  The Cubs won, but I bet The Cleveland PoliticallyIncorrectNativeAmericansWhoProbablyAren’tReallyNativeAmericans went home and they’ll keep practicing and playing because that’s what they always do.  And the Democrats and Republicans will keep trying too.  They’ll be back on those ballots, slinging mud like old times, in another few years when it’s time to elect new liars or re-elect the old liars in between presidential elections, and in 4 years from now, it’ll be back to the same old presidential shit.  Win or lose, life goes on and we try again tomorrow.  Tomorrow, I have to go back to work at my day job, and I’ll do that same shit all over again and it won’t get me anywhere.  I’ll also buy a lottery ticket, because there’s a possibility, however slim, that I’ll win that shit.

The most important things I can advocate are 1) to pray, and 2) do whatever you can to make our country better.

Midnight Or Bust

“Normal” people are probably watching election returns, unless they’ve gone off to bed.  I can’t.  I voted today, spent the day out in the real world running around like a damned chicken with my head cut off.

For fucks sake, I took the day off.  To take the day off.  And then voting took more than an hour, ran to point A for my daughter, to point B for my daughter, back again to A for my daughter, went to the store, back home for a few minutes, back to A for my daughter, then dinner, to point C for my son, back home for shit we forgot, back to C, back home, finally.  I’m honestly exhausted and don’t want to see people tomorrow, which, thank GOD I asked for another day off tomorrow.  I have to check to see if it’s approved, so that means I drive to fucking work so I can make sure I can go back home for the day.  Shit.  If the boss had just approved it when I first asked, but it’s a way of stringing me along.

Those candidates.  I hated every one of them.  I wish that the press would release all the shit about the candidates when they first announce their candidacy.  Trump is a mysogynist blowhard ass hole who can’t shut the fuck up, Clinton is a misandrist scandal-driven ass hole who can’t shut the fuck up.  Oh look, they’ve got something in common.

You can’t blame Trump, he’s got no filter and no one advising him to shut the fuck up.  If he had shut the fuck up after announcing his candidacy, he’d have won hands down. Oh wait, hands down seems to be the other part of his problem, maybe he should keep them at his sides, or just on top of the desk.  Please.  No grabbing anything.

You can’t blame Clinton, scandal just seems to follow her, and she certainly wants nothing to do with that.  At the polls, I saw a guy passing out fliers, well away from the actual voting place in keeping with the law.  I saw another guy wearing a t shirt that said something about Benghazi, an obvious anti-Clinton tactic, and I had to wonder if it was actually illegal.  I didn’t see anyone making female crotch grabbing great again, so no standard for comparison.

The word “Benghazi” isn’t inherently offensive.  Just the connection connoted to Clinton. The word “pussy,” is unless it’s a damned cat.  We don’t assault people, or advocate that sort of behaviour.  But then, we don’t ignore calls for help when it’s in our power to at least try to do something to help out, either.  So the comparison is apples-with-worms-in-them to oranges-with-hairs-with-lice-in-them.  Trouble is, if it’s an apt metaphor, I can cure lice, but I can’t cure an apple with a nasty worm and a hole in it.  Leave him to “reality”tv, which I avoid watching like the plague, but she needs to retire from politics forever.

We didn’t get the shit out in the open about the extent of Clinton’s email server problems, or Trump’s shitty braggadocio-filled sound bytes and rape allegations until after the majority candidates had been chosen.  But she kept whitewashing herself against the scandal, or admitting it and apologizing because she made a “mistake.”  And if the allegations are true, Trump kept his dick in his pants and his hands to himself from 1997 to 2016.  As a guy who loves women, I don’t think I could do that if I had a thing for extramarital affairs and sexual assaults, mixed with that much money and power and celebrity status.  If it were me and I had it like that and acted like that, there would be a trail of thousands of women.  Too late to pick the best candidates, so fuck everybody, we all have to choose between these two losers.

In politics, “mistakes” cost lives.  You can’t just go “oopsie-doodle!” and get a mulligan, once someone is dead.  From Mary Caitrin Mahoney to Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, and someone knows who else before and since.  The author of this article asks how many people we know have died in the last 10 years whose deaths were mysterious.  My answer: zero.

In politics, sex seems to be part in parcel.  From the satirized until sanitized Washington record (“Washington Slept Here” commonly seen on signs and ads for hotels and bed and breakfasts, and George Washington as the “Father of Our Country,” I mean, come on, people, follow that backward to its’ logical inception in literal truth(s  “to be self-evident”)), to the records sealed or swept under a LOT of rugs for Kennedy, to Mrs. Clinton’s own fucking husband, to probably every other fucking (sorry) President of the United States.  I’d posit that sex seems very likely inevitable, but mysterious death shouldn’t be, even if adultery and murder are both on God’s top ten list.  And maybe, just maybe, speaking as a man who routinely doesn’t get what he wants, if Mrs Clinton had done what Mr Clinton wanted her to and proven she’s NOT a misandrist, his fiasco (fucking idiot and some cigars [getting] oral) would have never happened.  I have limits, and if they’re met or surpassed, I don’t think about wanting more.

I don’t want to hear about anyone fucking on the presidential seal carpet or getting head under the First Desk, or assaulting women, any other tacky, low-rent behaviour. I also don’t want to have hacked emails that were supposed to have been deleted, with state secrets leaked to potential adversaries giving them an advantage over our country or the wimpy Commander-in-Chief not doing shit while Americans, including American soldiers, are helplessly getting killed.

All the majority candidates suck, except Mrs Clinton apparently, and she should.   I just wish we were told how badly, before it was down to this choice.

Whoever wins, I’ll do what I always do:  pray.  You probably should, too.  Because our country doesn’t seem like it can win from where we are now in the game.  We’re going down no matter what color the carpeting is and no matter what kind of plumbing is installed, this is going to suck one way or another.  And I’m afraid we’ve all been screwed, and not in a nice way.

And, I’m sorry I didn’t finish this by the deadline I hoped for.

Hysteria Rage

It’s a little-known fact that Deon Mumple exhibits hysteria rage.  That’s all about to change.  It’s true:  Deon Mumple exhibits hysteria rage.

I was trying to find a word that means “fear of hysterical idiots, frenzies and those who encourage the hysteria, the idiots, and their various frenzies,” but all I could find was “fear of mankind,” which at second glance appears to be closer to the truth than I would like.  Which is why I like my bunker.  And it’s not really fear so much as pathological hatred.

Honestly, I do my best not to hate people.  Instead I hate trends.  I have a special hatred for trends that cost me money.  Beanie Babies.  Cabbage Patches.  Gaming iZords.  Cell Phones.  Global warming.  Sorry, it’s hysterical fear, not real science.  We don’t have actual data that supports it, we only have speculation.  So for that I only hate people who try to force that religion (and it IS religion) down my throat.  So is a lot of so-called “science.”  Digital TV.  The government shoved that down everyone’s throats and said it would improve the quality of reception for everyone.  Well, I still can’t see certain digital channels clearly unless the sun, moon and stars align just right and there aren’t any solar flares, so that was a lie.

I hated the trend of reality TV shows, no great loss there if I can’t see it.  From Jerry Springer and Geraldo Rivera on down through recent history, all those shows suck.  They show the lowest things they can get away with showing, so everyone else feels better because they aren’t as bad, or as poor, or as evil, or as stupid.  Or are they?  And on the other side, there are the celebrity and rich people shows that encourage envy.  I mean, who (besides Deon, that idiot) doesn’t want a mansion and a limo and a chauffeur?

I hate the keeping-up-with-the-joneses fads so you know I don’t have the newest cell phone.  They’re money suckers.  I would have been content with my land-line, but Mrs. M wants to be able to harass me when I’m out, or when she’s out.  So I have a cell phone but the damned thing is turned off most of the time.  And you also know I don’t have to have the biggest, baddest, fastest, of anything.  I don’t look over the neighbors’ fences to see their new car, like they show on the damned TV commercials, not that I have the money to spend on that shit.  If I did, it wouldn’t be wasted on many frivolities.

I hate the Pokemon Go trend.  Sorry kids, but no, I don’t think you should be staring at your cell phones while walking into traffic to catch the rare and elusive Moltres or Articuno.  Or fucking DRIVING in traffic to catch it, or to hatch your damned eggs at 15 mph because you’re too fucking lazy to serve the secondary purpose of the game which is to get you to GO, by walking a few kilometers.  Get the FUCK out of my way, you damned kids!  And you, walkers, get the hell off my yard!  Used to be only the milkshakes brought all the boys, and now it’s the stupid Squirtles and Pikachus.  If there’s any Pikachus peekingatme, or at my wife or kids, I’ll have the damned things arrested.  What the hell is wrong with those boys anyway, are there no more football games or gang fights or other participatory sports to go participate in?  And what’s wrong with the girls?  Are there no participatory sports or gang fights or football games to participate in?

I hear what you’re thinking, if you go for Pokemon Go:  He’s an expert, how does he know those names and that they’re rare if he doesn’t play?   Well for one, I have my wife and kids Pokemon go-ing, one who literally drove around the block at 15 mph either to catch one or hatch one.  I hate it, but I tolerate it. Go, for heaven’s sake.  Walking.  I don’t want to “ketcham” all.  All I want is Mrs. M.

I hear what you’re thinking and for the record, I am not in favor of gang fights.  I hate the trend of irresponsibility, which has probably been going on since Billy Budd killed John Claggart or Cain killed Abel.  I’m not at all in favor of committing murder and then making excuses.  Or any other crime against another person followed by an excuse.  I was taught when I was a kid (oh, read that in my “angry-old-man” voice! which, coincidentally, sounds a lot like my normal voice, shut up, damn it), “Excuses are like ass holes.  Everyone has one, and they all smell like bullshit.”  If you’re going out for a gang fight or a drive-by shooting or a robbery or whatever other inappropriate shit you want to do, don’t try to make excuses.  If you’re going out to shoot someone who’s unarmed, in the back, don’t try to say you were only doing your job.  If you rape someone, or assault them in any other way, don’t try to say she (or he) was asking for it.  I call fucking bullshit on all those lies.  Your actions are on you, not anyone else.

There’s a difference between literature.  Both were stories alluding in their own twisted plots in some way to the death of Jesus. One was a true story and the guy claimed full responsibility for his actions, and the other was a work of artistic fiction where the guy said we ought to judge his intentions and not the actual cause and effect of events.  And sadly, the modern era shows life imitating bleeding art, so we have bleeding hearts instead of just coming clean and admitting the whole truth.  Last time I checked, I didn’t have the divine power to judge an intention or a thought.  I can only see what happened and know who did it, I can’t know why.  People lie about why anyway, and you can’t trust them.  I’m waiting for the fictional story of the dystopian society where …   Nevermind, I hate the modern trend of dystopian society stories.  It’s so common it’s lost all meaning.  I’m bored, move on.

I hate the panic fad.  I can’t watch the news and I hate the teasers they put on to advertize the news.  You’ve heard the teasers:  “Hackers and terrorists are going to steal your identity, your money, your property and then your life and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it.  Find out why, tonight at 6!”  “There’s a dangerous thing right in your house, and you use it every day and it’s going to make you vomit and bleed from your eyes and ears and ass holes and then kill you.  Find out what it is, tonight at 11.”  Or worse, “Someone broke into several home near you, broke all their shit, shit on their carpets and dishes, raped the family gerbil and set the neighborhood on fire, and your neighborhood could be next.  Find out about it tonight at 10!”   Fuck you, news ass holes.  I also hate the news itself.  They only want to tell you the shit, until they run out of shit to shovel and then they show you the cat hoarder and the lady whose baby was attacked by a baby lion.  Those were on this morning.  They want to scare you, when a little common sense would avert the bullshit.

Presidential candidates?  I hate the presidential candidates too.  Whoever gets into office, it’ll be bad.  That’s hopeless and I’m tired of being afraid of whomever gets in.  I love the USA as a concept, but by and large the people are idiots.  Or, we’re being lied to and the people we allegedly picked were not actually picked by popular vote.  Conspiracy theory. Don’t nevermind, and please, don’t kill me if you work for Trump or Clinton.  They should have to do their own fucking dirty work, and then they should have to admit they did it.  Politicians should all wear shock collars that blast them if they lie.  Tell THAT story, dystopian novelists.  Oh.  Nevermind.  That’d be a utopia, not a dystopia.  Unless you’re a politician, I suppose.

I’d rather see stories about heroes and cheap ways to romance your wife and people who’ve stayed married for 95 years and they’ve never committed adultery and they’ve still not murdered each other.  “Mr. Jones, tell us how you do it.”  “Well, generic deep-voiced newscaster, it’s like this:  ‘Me-e a-and, Mrs.  Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Jones… We’ve got a thing goin’ on.'”  I’d rather see stories about criminals caught in the act and stopped, and instant karma, but too frequently there’s no such thing.

Like the old Rolling Stones song goes,  “you cain’t always git what you wa-aaunt.”

And Mrs M. wonders why I’m depressed sometimes.  Fuck me.  (Please!)  See, that’s the cure for everything that’s wrong with me.  Maybe it’s the cure for all of society.  All I need is a good steak, maybe some cake (yeah, you know what I mean, if you know what I mean), some average ice cream, shit that doesn’t fall apart, and hot, steamy, healthy …um, reciprocating social interactions… with Mrs. M.  Bring on some NATURAL anti-depressants and I really believe I’d be just fine.  And honey?  Would you shut off the damned news, please?  And get off your phone already.  You can’t?  Who is it anyway?

Oh.  Shit.  I can’t win.  It’s a Charizard.

Pour le Bien de L’État?

If I ever ran for President, they’d dig up the dirt on my past and throw it in my face.  They do it to every President nowadays,  and every one of them has dirt of some kind.  Drug use from 30 years ago.  Adultery.  I wonder where the voters would draw the line.  Murder?  If it could be proven that is, as at least two recent Presidents have ties with certain intelligence agencies and I bet their records are squeaky clean no matter what they have done.

Ever read anything like this?

C’est par mon ordre et pour le bien de l’État que le porteur du présent a fait ce qu’il a fait.

 

If I had one of those, if it was valid and signed by the right authorities, I could do anything. Assuming I didn’t get le sabre through le cour doing whatever I did.

That’d leave a mark.  But I can think of a more painful place to be cut.

But yeah, if they ever did dig for scandals, they’d find I’m a flirt.  A bad flirt.  I’m sorry to all the people I’ve ever flirted with before.  Then they’d find out all my personal indiscretions, which I’d rather remain personal.  Then they’d find out I didn’t wash the dishes last night.  I left them in the sink.  They’d find out I didn’t wash the dishes because I felt like not doing them which begs the label LAZY!  They’d find out I have emotional ups and downs and they wouldn’t let me carry a gun, as if I owned one.  I can’t ever imagine a time when I would want a gun, but I think we all should have the right to carry them.  Just because I have emotional swings doesn’t make me actually violent or out of control.  I don’t have guns in the house because I don’t want my kids or their friends to find them and do something foolish.

People that have guns for home defense are fine as long as they are kept under lock and key and only accessible to adults.  The adults that own the home.  Not the ones trying to steal shit.

If they dug far enough they’d learn I don’t have a gun, sure.  Having a gun isn’t necessary to resolve conflicts or home break-in situations.  I think I’d make a great conflict resolution negotiator.  Or a hostage negotiator.  Or a home break-in resolution specialist.  Just put me in, close up and personal.  Not that I want to be put to the test, which is why I lock my doors at night.

But sure, I think I could resolve conflicts but I prefer to be eye to eye, face to face.  And as much as I don’t think I’d like playing Pokemon Go, I think

chefs knife -             You can resolve any conflict through PokeMon In the heart

I’m not fit to be President.

But seriously,

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For the good of the state, vote anyone but Deon.  And anyone but Hillary.  And anyone but Donald.  Unless of course you mean Hillary Rubin, or someone like her, who wants to actually do some good for people other than herself. (This is not an endorsement for Hillary Rubin necessarily, but at least I think she cares.)  Or Hillary Scott.  I mean, anyone but Clinton.  And anyone but Trump too.

Seriously, 324 Million people and these are the best ones they could choose for us to pick from?

They wouldn’t pick me, because they SHOULDN’T pick me, but then they wouldn’t pick Jesus or the Apostle Paul to run a church in the modern era either.  Because people are judgemental and have no common sense.  Jesus didn’t even teach the scriptures in any normal way.  His message, rather than one of embracing the legal system of the spiritual leaders of his day, and the outward symbols and religious lifestyles, cut straight to the heart and asked for total, genuine commitment.  His message, rather than advocating for an outwardly peaceful quest for the status quo, called for an inward revolution that led to an outward one.

If you think all is well, then pick either Hillary or Donald or Johnson or whoever you want, and keep on your path- you’re fine.  Really.

I hope we all start our journeys toward inward revolution soon, if we haven’t already started.  And I hope we have the wisdom to know what is right and the courage to do what is right no matter what the consequences may be.  I think that’s the only way to fix the human mess civilization is in.

Or, in fairness to all humanity because discrimination is bad, this:


(A little Futurama Humour- Thanks, Seth)

My prayers are with us all.  Not that they’re worth anything.  But I offer them anyway, for the good of the state.

Economy and Minimum Wage

Bernie Sanders and other politicians are champing at the bit to raise the minimum wage, which sounds great in the wind, but looks terrible on paper.  I’m not against modest merit raises for continued work at a company, but I am against raising the minimum wage to $15 and here’s why:

There are people who say that raising the minimum wage would stimulate the economy and help the poverty stricken workers who eke by at the current Federal minimum $7.25 an hour.  It sounds great, everybody gets a raise and improves their buying power.  Only it doesn’t, in the long run.  In the long run, the economy adjusts to the new minimum standards, and $15 an hour becomes the new poverty level.

I started working at $11.00 in 2007, when the last minimum raise went through, and have worked my way up to $13.66 while the minimum was left at $7.25, and I have a family of 4.  If the minimum is raised to $15, I get a raise, which is great in the short run, but in the long run, as the economy adjusts to the bump, all my work to better my family was worthless.  Understand that raising the minimum wage to $15 will translate to the old $15.00 now being valued at the same buying power as the old $7.25.  It will push me back down to the old $7.25, so effectively I get a 53% pay cut.  Everyone under the new minimum, somewhere between that $7.25 and $15, who doesn’t get a commensurate raise if the minimum wage is raised, takes a pay cut down to the new minimum.

I already have to choose whether to pay my rent or go to the dentist, because my insurance, that I pay for, doesn’t come anywhere close to adequately covering the dental treatment I need.  I’ve chosen to endure the pain until I can save up enough eventually, or until it becomes an emergency, and continue to pay the rent and car payments.   I’ve already decided not to seek treatment for my cyclothymia or my chiropractic issues at all, because that would routinely mean less money coming in as the maintenance costs go out.

A minimum wage increase also hurts everyone, especially small business owners who will have to double the expense of employing people.  Prices will go up for products and services, to compensate everyone who now pays more for their workers.

I don’t collect welfare or food stamps yet.  But I will if the minimum raise goes through.  If anyone is working at $7.25 an hour, you have my sympathies, but I really don’t want help that hurts me.  If the new minimum wage pushes me farther down than I already am, I worry that I’ll be so continually depressed with even worse feelings of worthlessness, I’ll file for disability and quit my job or become suicidal.

I can’t vote for a politician who wants to devalue my work and the time I’ve spent with this company, trying to earn a living to feed my kids, unless that politician wants to hire me until I can retire, and start paying me a real living wage, not the minimum.  I’ll settle for $28 an hour to start, if you push through that minimum wage increase.

Please think through the logic of what I’m saying, and stop.  A modest raise would be fine, and wouldn’t hurt me as much.  But a huge raise like what is being proposed hurts everyone.

#DeonForPresident – (Don’t You FUCKING DARE!)

THIS ARTICLE, if you’re smart enough to get it, is hilarious.  In the Comedy section of The Huffington Post, the marvelously witty Flora Nichols  fuels my man-crush on Ben Carson just a little bit.  I’m not saying that I’ll vote for him.  I haven’t even decided who to vote for, so I’m not saying anything of the sort.  Take that, you damnable pollsters.  And kudos to Ms. Nichols; I’m a fan.

I’m nearly inspired to write an article about Bill-ary (“Jesus H.”) Clinton, Donald “No Mexicans or Fat Ugly Chicks” Trump, and a few other noteable candidates on both sides of the arena. But not quite.  It wouldn’t be well received, because I’m the guy who started the #pleasegiveussomeoneworthvotingfor hashtag.  At least I think I am.  I could write about the repetitiously scandalous history of Clinton, from Watergate to Bengazi-gate to Bergdahl-gate to Email-gate, but I won’t.  And it turns out I wasn’t the first to borrow from Doctor Who: #DontYouThinkSheLooksTired ? For those who don’t follow the show, the line the Doctor used was that he could cause the prime minister to lose her station in six words, after her scandalous treatment of honorable aliens who had lost their bet to rule the world.  I stand by my opinions that we Americans should not overlook the scandals and stupidities because we are blinded by money, or fame, or our perceptions of power.

I’ll stand by a few other generalizations in regard to the realms of politics as well.
Here are my top 10, keeping our present circumstances in mind:

10.  We must fight passive ignorance.  We must have knowledge, walking hand in hand with an unselfish love, to succeed.  With only knowledge, we leave others behind, struggling to survive.  With only love, we become overly permissive, allowing others to become unproductive, or worse, lawbreakers, in our society.  If we are passive and only try to throw money at a problem, that problem will become larger than our means to contain it.  So it is with passive ignorance.  We must become educated and culturally aware or we will be overcome by others who are educated. We must enforce the existing good laws that protect us, and discard the existing bad laws that do not protect us.  We know the laws that are primary:  Do not murder.  Do not steal.  We must do more than just not murder, we must allow, and labor to facilitate, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” for every person.  We must do more than not steal, we must give sacrificially, each of us.  We know other laws that affirm our honor and respect for our country, and we must hold those who would immigrate to the same standards of honor and respect.  If we are passive and ignorant, we will be overtaken because we surrendered without a putting up resistance.

9.  We must beware of those who politicize and then radicalize any issue.  We have historical examples, wherein the powerful decide, first, what we are allowed to believe and think, then, how we are allowed to live our lives, and last, who lives or dies.  We have seen them in the past, and in the present, and we must not passively allow them to seize power from the innocent.  The executioners in the North Korea, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the kidnappers and murderers in Nigeria and elsewhere, the pirates of Somalia, are no different than Hitler, Mao Zedong, Sadam Hussein, and others.  They all have a sense of entitlement to deprive others of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and they, and others like them, must be stopped.

8.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing the same way repeatedly and expecting different results.  We’ve done the same thing for years, before Obama was president, and while he’s been president, and nothing has really changed despite Obama’s “Hope and Change” campaign.  I’ve seen the gas prices rise to their highest level ever, and then drop just in time for the election, so we don’t all hate Obama when he leaves office and vote against his party’s replacement.  Gas prices ALWAYS fall before elections, because people have short memories.  If we really want change, we must do something different than just hope.  And if we really want what is best, we have to aim for what is best for all of us, even if that means a difficult road.  It’s been a long time since the space race under Kennedy.  There are new enemies to be overcome, and they are attacking us from within our own country’s borders.  There are enemies of debt and violence.  I propose a debt elimination race.(see (A), below)  I propose a war on violence, fought by our law-abiding citizens.  What we need are not laws that restrict our law-abiding citizens from getting guns, but rather laws that encourage our citizens, our friends, our neighbors, not to vengeful vigilante-ism but to a strength that discourages the law-breakers from ever attacking us.  We can certainly make laws that restrict the types of guns available, their power, but we should also respect the wisdom of the founding fathers who framed the constitution giving us the right to bear arms, and the ability to have a well-regulated militia of common, law-abiding citizens.  The police can only do so much.  It is up to the rest of us to do our part to help.  Gun control through the law only makes the criminal stronger than the homeowner, because the homeowner respects the law; the criminal does not.

7.  There is nothing wrong with electing someone who ISN’T a lawyer or career politician as President. Ever notice how close phonetically the words lawyer and liar are?  I noticed.  Are you a lawyer?  I’m not.  Are you a liar?  I’m… invoking my 5th Amendment right to silence.  If the person who you want to represent you doesn’t live on the same planet as you, maybe you want to think twice before you vote for them.  One of the things I like about Carson as a politician, that is comically ridiculed by Flora in the article above, is the fact that he’s a brain surgeon.  If he does as president what he does in his profession, he might help the country become enabled to think right about things.  He may not say it right occasionally, but I’d bet he’s a whole lot smarter than a certain other recent presidential victor whose spoken faux pas were fodder for late-night comedians everywhere.  Think about my normal source material and recall who God chose to lead Israel and what they did before they were king or leader:  Shepherds.  Moses was a shepherd and so was David.  And so were a couple important other prophets.  And Jesus was born as a carpenter’s kid.  So, I posit, that good leaders need to learn how to lead like a shepherd, caring about the sheep, and sometimes sacrificing themselves, their comfort, and their time, for the well being of the sheep.  And as a second postulate, other good leaders know how to build, and hopefully build on good foundations.

6.  Any idiot who didn’t vote in an election has no room to complain about whatever shit the elected officials do while in office.  You didn’t use your voice to tell who should be in office, so shut the fuck up about whatever they do while they’re there.  My dad gave me that one (minus the profanity).  It’s different when you’re heartily discouraged from voting like the Black Panthers tried in Pennsylvania for Obama.  One wonders what happened in other, less filmed, locations, but we know that the Black Panthers got away with it and there was a movement to hush the whole thing up in court.  Which brings us to our next generalization:

5.  Never trust a politician for what they say they’re going to do when they are elected.  Trust them to act like they did when they weren’t so important, only with a bigger platform and more widespread consequences.  People don’t change, and power only brings out things more and bigger.

4.  Never trust anyone who either shies away from, or clings too tightly to, a religion or the lack of it.  If you’re ashamed of it, you should have quit it before you were forty, and if you cling too tightly to it you may become irrational and spun toward hatred of others who do not share your belief, or you may lose focus on practical concerns.  A candidate’s work, home, and spiritual life should be kept in a rational balance.  That said, a candidate who claims to be a Christ-follower should attend church regularly somewhere, or I’d question the claim.

3.  Never trust anyone who tries to hide anything from you, or can’t prove themselves within three days.  This because a) Jesus rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion, b) it took Obama’s people two and a half years to fabricate produce a birth certificate.  I can get you mine in a day or two.  What the Fucking SERIOUS Fuck?(see below, (B)), and c) Obama worked hard to backpedal from the church he said he attended after it came to light that the pastor was speaking something near treasonous from the pulpit.  If he has said things like this, once, on the record, surely he has frothed this same kind of ignis fatuus, if not worse, many times.(see below, (C))

2.  Never trust the media to tell you who to vote for.  The media wants you to do their bidding, not necessarily what’s best for you.  Do your own research on issues important to you, find out which candidate is aligned with and best equipped to represent you, and vote your heart and your conscience, if you have one.

1.  Never trust a lawyer who is running a country.  They always take their retainers, per diems, and settlement fees, whether they win the case or not, and we need a better percentage.

And now, lengthy footnotes:  For (A) I have added my own changes to what I thought was a very inspiring speech, in [brackets].

(A)  “We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For [debt, like] space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war [or through another great depression far worse than the forgotten 1930s]. I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of [debt] any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I do say that [debt] can be… mastered without feeding the fires of war, without repeating the mistakes that man has made in extending his writ around this globe of ours.  [We have fed the famished beast of debt, and it has grown large over time.  We must starve the beast and become self-sufficient, self-reliant.  We must become strong.  Individuals, corporations, and our nation, must take personal and congregational responsibility, must make the personal and congregational sacrifices necessary to become debt-free, and we must help each other, just as we fed our fellow Americans with soup kitchens and employed our fellow Americans, building our infrastructure, and rebuilding the post-World-War-Two world, under Roosevelt.]

[For far too long we have served the demands of our debt, writing ever larger borrower’s notes, until we owe it, not just our very souls, but also the souls of our children and their children.  For far too long we have chosen the weak paradigm that wars should bring our country out of recession, and have tried on a limited scope, to diminish our debt by stepping in the shit other countries are afraid to tread in, and it has failed.  And instead of paying our debt, we only increase our financial indebtedness, and our debt to this country’s mothers and fathers, a debt of blood that can scarcer be repaid than the trillions of dollars our country has borrowed, a debt of blood that only continues stirring a raging sea of worldwide hatred of America’s sense of self-entitlement.]

[When the United States of America endured the depression we did so as a community.  We helped one another.  And when America went to Europe and realized the ravages and famines and emptiness the war inflamed, we banded together.  We conserved.  We contributed.  We grew bigger crops, and we fed the world our exports.  We stormed the beaches at Normandy and left our sacrifices there, sacrifices given in the name of peace.  We freed the survivors of concentration camps, and united with the rest of the world, a world that was done with war, done with foreign occupation, done with allowing barbarians to rule and indulge in wholesale slaughter of innocents in the name of domination.  We did the hard things.  We made the sacrifices that made our modern generation venerate “the Greatest Generation.”  Why have we not become even greater?  Because we’ve settled.  We’ve rested.  We’ve ridden the wave of their greatness. That tidal wave has subsided, and now their high waters are receding, and taking with them our potential.  We must do as they have done, and we must do even more, so the tides may rise again as they did after the labors of the past generation.  How, you ask?]

We [should ]choose to [pay off our national debt]! … We choose to [pay off our national debt] in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win!”

(B)  Someone who is running for an office with the prestige of the Presidency does not need to hide his or her credentials, and needs to be able to produce them.  A Drivers License.  A Social Security Card.  A Birth Certificate.  These are very common instruments used to verify a person’s identity.  A birth certificate was produced, the validity of which is still questioned by some critics.  Verbal and documentary testimony from sources including Kenyan tribal leaders, school registration papers, and a certain application for financial aid filed by Obama, aka Soetero, have thrown further doubt on the answers to the citizenship question.  I accept his election, but I have other concerns.

(C) Obama claims to be a patriot and a Christ-follower, but if he were a regularly attender of the Christian church in Illinois he claimed to be a member of, he would have heard all kinds of anti-American rhetoric.  If a pastor is a proper shepherd he would preach things that foster unity among Christ-followers, and truth and love for others (Ephesians 4:15).  Sure, press for change, but to focus on negatives, to raise racial discontent, and especially, to pour out curses on your own country, does not seem wise.  Maybe there’s nothing wrong with Wright’s sermon as a whole, or maybe (as this writer holds) there is something seriously wrong with it.

And finally, my battle cry:  “You’ve got to wise up!”