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.

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?

#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!”

Obama Is (Still) Not the Antichrist (Yet) and The End is Near

Can you hear my hysterical laughter?

Too bad, it’s refreshingly maniacal.

Recently I read the most hilarious article that said something about a prophecy found in Islamic texts, some were alleging it meant that Obama was the Anti-Christ.  I wanted it to be true, or at least believable.  The imam was in denial, saying anything that is purported to have been prophetic in Islam is pure guesswork, because we make our own future.  I hoped.  I hoped he was trying to cover something up, and that his comments were part of a grand conspiracy, because I love a conspiracy.  I kept surfing.  In the end I couldn’t find anything convincing, after searching from Nostradamus to Nineveh.

Then I read somewhere that the number of the beast, extended with extra zeroes, was the zip code of Chicago, Illinois, 60606.  I thought, holy shit!  Maybe.  Then I looked up the home and office of Obama while in Chicago.  The home is 60615, and the office is 60601 (the Prudential Building).  Alas, Obama’s not the Antichrist.  And he’s not the Lord and Savior either.  Damn it, just when I thought I was on the trail of something good…  I kept surfing.

I have a friend who wrote about Obama when he first got elected to the presidency.  He was lamenting the way his church people all started wailing and moaning about this event because of Obama’s political positions.  He said, wisely, that what American Christians should do if they don’t like it, was to pray.  After all, as he pointed out, Proverbs 21:1 says God can change the heart of a “king.”  Obama may not be a king in the traditional sense, but he is a world leader and that I think is consistent with the text’s intent.  And, evidently either God intends to let things go as they’re going, or the people aren’t praying hard enough.  I kept surfing.

Recently I read about the significance of the “super blood moon.”  Now THAT was cool.  I got to watch the lunar eclipse, which some said was a sign of the end of the world, or would start the end of the world, or some bullshit like that.  My friend says that whenever he hears a prediction of the end of the world he knows it’ll be a while because no one knows.  He also says that despite the dire predictions of everybody making prophecies, the world has at least 1007 years left.  You’ll have to ask him, or figure out for yourselves where that number comes from.  I watched the last of the four blood moons because on a partly cloudy night we could see it pretty well.  Plus, who wants to miss out on the end of the fucking world?!

I read articles about blood moons and read about people claiming that blood moons were significant for Israel.  I haven’t seen anything interesting happening in Israel recently, so naturally I am curious to know how the current “blood moon” will impact them.   (I cited that article because a commentator points out that the Blood moons appear to be occurring, this year, during Jewish high holy times or whatever.)  I agree that it was “super” which means it was close, so maybe there would have been something tidal about it, but the only sea by them is the Mediterranean.  I didn’t hear about any tidal waves.  I didn’t hear about any important political events.  I didn’t hear any more rumors of war than I always hear about, and nothing really momentous happened in Israel yet/recently.  The next super blood moon is in 2033, and it’s just a coincidence that it’s about 2000 years after Jesus was supposed to have been crucified, dead, buried, and come back to life.

Obama will be 71 in 2033.  Obama is 54 years old.  71-54=17 reverse the digits and you get 71.    “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear… (Matthew 11:15)”  15+1+1= 17,  .  This year, the Islamic new year happens on October 14, 17 days after the Blood Moon.  Just so you know, I’m just throwing coincidental facts and mysterious Bible words and numbers out to sound ominous.  Or, even better, Obamanous?  And of course if you think they’re coming true, this prophet is Obamanonymous.  But maybe, just maybe, something is planned for the 17th other than a New Year party.  I’ll watch and see.

NASA and other scientific groups say there are no comets or meteors scheduled for the near future. But maybe, in 2033, just to supplement the Super Blood Moon thing, there will be an impressive meteor strike, either smashing into the moon or hitting some desolate patch of earth or ocean.  Or a really screaming-close near-miss.  I read that there is supposed to be one in 2032. That’ll get ’em going all over again.

By writing all of this I hope to stem the tide of all you wanna-be prophets.  You fuckers are worse than the ghouls writing about dead celebrities when they aren’t dead yet.  Those articles slip out periodically and people think the worst, until the celebrity comes outside and says they aren’t dead yet.  But about this Jesus thing, please, shut up already!  Shut up!!  Quit saying “Jesus is coming.”  Start saying “When is he coming?  I don’t believe he’s ever coming back.”  Because II Peter 3 says he’ll come when people start saying that, and Matthew 24 says  that if anyone says, “look, there’s Jesus!” not to believe them, and also says no one knows when he’s coming back.

Gentlemen! (and ladies!)  Start your scoffing!  Please.

Because I want a shred of credibility somewhere in all of these “prophecies,” before I go off and get the tinfoil hat and lock the doors of my bunker.

“Lies, Damned Lies, [Conspiracies, Rumors] and Statistics”

I love a good conspiracy theory.  UFOs at Roswell, the aliens are coming, the aliens are here.  US President [Insert Name Here] visited by aliens, Illuminati, Jesus returned and we all missed him, Miracle cure for cancer suppressed by the medical “industry,” Elvis is Alive (And so is his son-in-law Michael Jackson), Legendary man actually found his wife’s G-spot more than once after marriage (we all know that one’s got to be a lie), Government experimenting on children using school lunches, Wars and disease and famine caused by government and their lies to cover it up, etc.

I bet I mentioned at least one you’re curious about.  You might even believe in one or more of them. But I’m not writing about any of them.

In today’s “popular now” news feed for a minute this morning when I first logged on, and then quickly removed but still available to read, there were some amusing statistics regarding our US President, Barak Hussein Obama.  They’re just statistics about American’s opinions about him.  Frankly, it’s hilarious.  But I confess, I didn’t laugh out loud.  There’s a wikipedia article including the President’s own responses to the conspiracy theorists.

I’ve read and suspect, like a good conspiracy theorist, that in every tall tale there’s a kernel of truth.  And I’ve been taught, in a lot of old wive’s tales, there’s the possibility of a lot of truth.  But it depends on which old wife you ask.

Obama’s response to the suggestions about his citizenship is still something, shady document notwithstanding, that I question.  Obama’s response about his religious affiliation though, is pretty close to what I’d expect to hear from an evangelical Christ-follower.

Still, speculation abounds.  I’d ask his old wife if I didn’t suspect her motives couched in the answers she’d provide.  But what’s to happen in a few years, when no one cares any more?  What if?

Obama proclaims he’s a Christ-follower, but in his actions he seems to do things, in the interest of advancing popular trends, that aren’t in line with the main traditions of that faith.

From Wikipedia:

In Islam, it is essential that there exist harmony and concord between faith and deeds. Farāhī has explained this aspect in his tafsīr in the following manner:

Righteous deeds are mentioned in the Qur’ān right after faith in the capacity of an explanation … In the case of faith, the need for its explanation is obvious: the place of faith is the heart and the intellect. In matters of intellect and heart, not only can a person deceive others but also at times he himself can remain in deception. He considers himself to be a mu’min (believer) whereas actually he is not. For this reason, two testimonies needed to be required for it: a person’s words and a person’s deeds. Since words can be untrue, hence a person who only professes faith through words is not regarded as a mu’min and it was deemed essential that a person’s deeds also testify to his faith. Thus the Qur’ān said:O you who believe with the tongue! Believe through your deeds

Except I can’t find an actual citation anywhere in the actual Qur’an for that last quote.  I found it in Christianity, though, see James 2.  This Farāhī  is onto something regarding lies:  “Since words can be untrue,” though, you can call yourself a Christ-follower without even following very well, just like I do.  Or without following at all, like some others do.  I’ve known people who claimed to be one thing or another, just to increase their sales.  Or to be allowed to join a club.  Or to have sex.

Achmed the Dead Terrorist, of Jeff Dunham fame, “would kill you for a Klondike Bar.”  That one’s understandable, those Klondike bars are damn good.  And you?  I’ll let him be the judge.  Assuming another bomb doesn’t blow him further up.

I’ll leave the judgements and name calling up to you.  It’s OK.  I’ve been called worse than a nut before.  But in a nutshell, here’s a theory or a prophecy or whatever you want to call it:

::Puts on mystic headgear, Does NOT induce trance (because I don’t go for that sort of thing) ::

I foresee within a few years of Obama leaving the presidency, that he and his family will embrace the teachings of Islam and, while still advocating a certain limited tolerance with Christ-followers, will leave the Christian church entirely, after all, by his own confession he isn’t all that church-y.  The alternative to that scenario is that he will be gripped more firmly in the clutches of evangelicalism and go further toward…  naaah!!  (Although, anything is possible.)

I foresee a not-too-distant future in which Christianity is all but lost, and the world is dominated by other religions, the strongest of which is Islam.  Just as in other religions, some will be peace-loving, and some will be more radical in their adherence and practical application of their beliefs.  Or, militant.

I foresee, next, in a distant future perceived as utopian, that the above militancy will become the norm, and there will be a resurgence in the popularity of public executions for crimes or perceived crimes, especially for those who regard said future as dystopian, as it was during the French Revolution.  They won’t call it radical or militant.  They’ll make people believe whoever’s getting the chop did something really really terrible.  Like try to raise their children to think a certain unpopular way.  And it’ll be the kids turning them in for it.

::Removes pretentious mystic headgear::

If you’re around to see it, I expect you to say, “Holy FUCK, Deon was right,”  share this article with a friend, and then pray to give your soul to Jesus, find a Bible, and read it until they come for you.

I thought the statistics about what people think about Obama were pretty telling about our culture here in America.  I confess I buy into some rumors, and some make me laugh.  The statistics though, they either usually intrigue me or piss me off.  The most interesting to me, here, was the shift in some opinions of people who used to believe these claimed truths about him, but have now changed their minds and believe the conspiracy theorists are right.
He’s a fascinating man and I pray for him regularly.  Whether people love him or hate him is their business.  But me, I want him and his family to always be kept safe.  I once wondered about his allegiances just because of how he handled things as Commander-in-Chief, and how our ally Israel was kind of being ignored.  But I watched a recent tweet he sent out to celebrate and acknowledge the new year’s celebration for Jewish people, and I have to say, it’s convincing.  His message was one of peace, and very commendable.  So maybe my prophecy is wrong.  Anything is possible.

After he’s done being President, I’d love to sit and just talk with him, over a beer and some nachos.  I wonder if he’d have any words of wisdom for me, after all,
Q:  “You’ve just finished being the President of the Fucking United States of America, what are you going to do next?”
A:  “I’m going to Disney World!”

No, I wonder if he’d have suggestions for how I could steer myself in more successful directions than I’ve chosen thus far.  As a politician he’s had to deal with shitty, two-faced people who can’t be trusted, he must have an eye for that and maybe he could share how to figure out who to run away from.

I want to ask about some of my own personal goals and if he might have any suggestions for my goals to have maximum impact on myself and my family in financial terms.  And I also want to encourage him, because that’s the kind of guy I am.  I like to encourage people, because no matter how fucked up my life may be, I can pray for you and I’ve got a track record of those things being answered.  Not so much my prayer for myself.  But for other people, yes.

Plus, anyone who’s been the President has been on a hell of a ride and who knows, he may be discouraged.  It hasn’t been all bad, even though it’s been a rough go.  After all, look at the mess the President inherits and has to make some sense of.  It’s not ever pretty, and it’s easier to fuck it up than to fix it.  But there haven’t been any big disasters or whatever, at least not in my own life, during these 8 years.  Others may disagree, but I’m still the same.  My income hasn’t changed, my job hasn’t changed, my opportunities haven’t increased or decreased.  So, if that’s a measurement, good job, Obama.  It didn’t change under previous presidents, either, so they did at least as well.  But dear God, please don’t give us President H Clinton (even if her first name was Jesus I wouldn’t vote for her-say it so you understand the joke.  I don’t trust her because she was involved with Watergate and Bengazi and email scandals, and Bill.  Read some history books or something.  For the record, I prayed the same prayer for the Clintons back then.) or President Moneybags “No Ugly Chicks or Mexicans” McTrumpcards.  Not that there aren’t idiots on the other side, or people who(m?) I wouldn’t trust with my nail file, but these two fairly scream “don’t vote for me!!!  Please!!

As a further unspiritual aside, as if I were waxing spiritual, the only French Revolution I want to participate in involves champagne kisses, either with my wife or a certain special blogger who beckons to me from the edges of my weird adulterous fantasies (I’ve never even seen the woman’s face).  Yup, I’m a sinner just like I always said I was.  I’ll take the champagne kisses from my champagne wishes.  You can keep the caviar dreams, that shit is nasty.  And if I’m allowed a substitution, champagne isn’t my favorite beverage.  How about some whiskey?

Social Progress: Tear Down the Idols

It’s almost Mother’s Day.  I started to think about my mom, and then got to thinking about mothers in general.  I’ve come to the conclusion that if there is ever any good social progress, a good mother was behind it.  And if there ever is any social decline, mom wasn’t consulted.  Occasionally there’s a bad mom, she pushes the buttons and things go wrong, but most of the time, moms push us to greatness, and good things happen because of her.

Although I did not believe Barack Obama was the best candidate for president, and I voted against him both elections, he won and I in fact, celebrated his victory the first time.  It didn’t stop me from praying for him.  I prayed and continue to pray for his safety, and so far, thank God, those prayers have been answered right. I think, if Mr. Obama is a symbol of our social progress, then as a symbol, he needs to be protected.  There are crazy people out there, and we don’t need them messing things up.  But I also think we have a long way to go.

While the “Community to the Right” sat wringing their hands in anguish and despair over various positions Mr. Obama held, I sat with a different mood, although I’d say I lean toward the right more than to the left.  It’s because of a developmental condition I won’t get into, but my right leg is shorter than my left, just a tiny bit.  It’s been measured.

I celebrated because Barack’s victory was evidence of social progress.  Or so I thought.  He’s done an adequate job, I guess.  “Obamacare” and any other legacies of his terms are history, and next year we get to pick from a whole new crop of …  “meet the new boss:  same as the old boss.”  I still prayed, because if the kings’ heart is wrong, God can change the heart of a king, and if the king already wants to do what is good and right, God can enable them to be really great.  I didn’t know what kind of heart Obama had, and I didn’t think it mattered.  I just prayed.  I’ll do the same for the next President.

I mean social progress because he’s the first “African American” to hold the office. Born in 1961 and raised during America’s period of most intense social unrest, he settled in Chicago and got into politics.  I have my suspicions of any politician, moreso when they come from Chicago, land of “vote early, vote often, and when no one is looking, vote if you’re dead.”  One wonders how many previous elections were decided by zombie registrants.

While I celebrated America getting past the whole issue of skin color in regard to the presidency, I did not foresee the recent social uproars in various cities due to obvious, video-evidenced excessive force by law enforcement, or less obvious, claims of excessive force by law enforcement.  The cities keep piling up:  Missouri, Ohio, New York, Maryland, South Carolina.  I’m sure there are more.  I’m offended that one of our most trusted agencies, sworn to serve and protect, has a few who abuse their power, and by that, our trust.

It is one thing to joke, as in the 1975 musical “Chicago,” about firing “warning shots… into his head.”  In that musical’s “Cell Block Tango,” the ladies joke about what they had done:  a stabbing, a shooting, a poisoning, a blunt force trauma (if I get the Hungarian), etc.  It is entirely another to actually do the deed.  The real thing is not funny.  Ever.

I’m further offended because certain people have taken it upon themselves to attempt to mete out justice, wounding police officers who haven’t done anything wrong that we know of, who just showed up to make sure the assembly remained peaceful.  That First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America guarantees so far that we have the right peaceably to assemble:

“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.”

It’s almost sacred.

However, when the assembly is not peaceable, there’s nothing in there that protects those who violate the peace.  Which leads to another offense.  I’m offended that certain individuals with criminal bents take a peaceable assembly and use it as an excuse to assault others, damage or steal property that doesn’t belong to them, or attempt to murder people.  The police have been injured, just for showing up to work, with rocks and bullets.  Stores have been vandalized, burned, and looted.  Those specific, individual, injured police, and those store owners, have nothing to do with the complaint.  They are only symbolic sacrifices to the idols of pride, anger, hatred, and greed.  And dare I say, ignorance.

All of this in the news made me start to wonder, perhaps we haven’t made as much social progress as I expected.  And nothing in any more recent news has made me doubt my doubts.  I am disappointed that we have come so short a distance toward any real social progress.  In some ways, the riots of the modern age are even more disappointing than anything I’ve read that happened in the 1960s, because we know better.  We should act better.

America needs a new King, a King like Israel’s Hezekiah.  Read the link and you’ll understand.  Read the whole thing.  By “king” I mean President.  We need a king that stands for what is right.  A President can try, I guess. I wish they had succeeded, but there’s only so much one man can do.  We might have made even further social progress in the last 50 or 60 years than we have.

I understand the anger that motivated people to assemble.  I also understand that there’s a place for anger and it isn’t an excuse to become a criminal.  I wish Obama would have told the law abiding citizens to go home, and leave the criminal elements in the street to be arrested and tried by the law enforcement.  And when the anger is just anger (by some it’s called “righteous indignation”), and not violence and a motivation to criminal acts, let the assembly commence, peaceably.
It causes me to wonder, are these crimes that are being committed motivated out of an unseen agenda to distract Americans from making the kind of social progress we should have already made?  When a man or woman is killed or assaulted or robbed by another man or woman, a little bit of the fabric of civilized society is torn and has to be mended.  We’re so jaded by it happening so much, we ignore the news; we aren’t sickened by it.  We experience those rips every day, and have too little time to make those repairs.  We need a season of peace, to mend our society, to stitch our America, our patchwork quilt, back up.  And to do that, we need the criminals brought to justice.

We need parents who work at getting along with other parents, who are supportive of civilized society and upholding the law.  We need parents who are friends with their neighbors, and with strangers, so kids can learn from their example.

We also need kids who stand for what is right.  Hezekiah was 25 when he became king, but he was the pride of his mom.  He was raised right, by a mom who didn’t put up with anything.  When they mention the king’s mom in The Text, you know it’s because the kid is good, which means mom did good.

Proverbs 10:1  The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son brings grief to his mother.

Proverbs 15:20 A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Proverbs 17:25 A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the mother who bore him.

We need kids who are respectful, who know what is good and what isn’t, and choose what is good even when no one is watching.  It requires training.  If our kids aren’t held accountable for their negative actions when they are young, they’ll grow up as weeds who corrupt the garden.  If they are held accountable and expected to do what is right, they’ll be fruitful and grow to be great.  Maybe your parents didn’t expect anything of you, but I do.  Maybe your parents didn’t help you know what to do.  But I say, in your heart you probably know what is right.  And you know how to do what is right, even if it might be difficult.  And you know not to do what is wrong even though your friends may do it, or even though it may seem like it’s easy.

It’s time to cut down the “Asherah Poles” that worship race pride, both WASP-ish and AA-ish, and time to celebrate the human condition, something we all share.  It’s also time to destroy the altar used to worship power, hatred, anger and greed, and build an altar that celebrates honesty, dignity, respect and generosity.

If it is true that “history is written by the people who won the war,” kids, then let history reflect that we rooted out the murderous, greedy, hateful, power crazed individuals, on both sides of the conflict, and if found to have committed crimes, brought them to just and fair prosecution.  It hasn’t happened yet, but it should.

Parents, tell your kids you expect them to do great things, and don’t accept and praise their behavior when they are mediocre, or less than they are capable of being.

Kids, be great.  Make me proud, and take pride in your positive accomplishments. Don’t do the wrong thing.  If you make a mistake, take responsibility and make it right.  Don’t settle for being average, because you all have the potential to be more.  If you settle, because you are lazy, people will not respect you, including me.

Be great.

Don’t let me down.  And don’t disappoint your mom either.

Stop, I’m Trying to Help You

In the newspaper on Sunday, I read about a girl’s basketball game that ended in an all-out brawl.  Relax, it wasn’t the girls who were fighting.  It was their idiot parents.  With grim foreboding I remind the readers that the apple doesn’t fall very far from its’ tree.  I’m only warning the rest of the world these ass holes had kids who will probably become ass holes just like their parents because…well I already said it, they learn from those idiots.  Just fuck the world, I want to get off.  This is stupid.  These people are idiots and I wonder if they should have been allowed to have children.  Who the hell is so competitive they start a fight in the stands when their children are watching?  Is this the kind of example you want to set for your kids?
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Hi Kids,

We’re your parents and we are psychotic and prone to outbreaks of rage and lack of personal control.  You children are going to grow up to act just like us, so get ready for it.  It’s not your fault.  You learned it from us.  But if you do what we did, you’re going to get arrested.  Tell your lawyer it was our fault.  We are ass holes.

Sincerely,
Your Idiot Parents

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And if the kids are reading my blog, I’m sorry.  You don’t have to grow up to be ass holes like your parents.  You didn’t know any better, you never learned any better, so I genuinely hope you don’t.  Get therapy and learn different coping mechanisms for your anger and stress and frustration than your parents though, because life, like sporting events, sometimes doesn’t go as you want it to go and you need to be able to deal with that without assaulting people who have come to the game to encourage their kids just as you might.  And without assaulting officials.

A little common sense should have prevailed here:  In life you can’t go around just punching out, or worse, shooting, or poisoning, or otherwise injuring, your neighbor, your boss, the cop, the judge.  Please don’t be idiots.  And especially don’t be ass holes.  A school official is like a boss, you should treat them with the same kind of respect.  Fighting is never an appropriate response to a GAME.  Especially a game you aren’t part of.
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Today I was busy doing my job trying to help people.  My job is a little like idiot control.  I sort of direct traffic.  I tell people what I am allowed to tell them out of what they need to know, based on contracts and established protocols.  I help some who need to talk to a specific department.  It’s not “difficult,” but there are procedures that have to be followed to insure I’m handling situations correctly. So it was, that I spoke to a customer who was so impatient and insistent that he pissed me off.  I kept my calm but I could feel my tension rising.

Damn.  He was like a tailgater in traffic.  We’re both trying to reach a destination, and it’s not my fault I’m in front of you.  Piss me off and I want to drive slower.  Sorry, it’s my nature.  I try to give a fuck, but if you make me mad enough, I won’t give one.  I’ll go the speed limit if you push me at 5 or more over it, and if you don’t get the clue, I’ll go 5 or 10 under it.

Stop pushing me to break protocol and do what you want.  I can’t.  If I do what you want, I get fired.  Please don’t try to yell your way into my heart either, you won’t get what you want.

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I watched the news today and I was past upset, and on to offended.  President Obama has repeatedly snubbed Israel’s sovereignty, their right to defend their borders, their leaders.  It’s been going on for at least 8 years.  And while doing this he has bowed to every Muslim leader out there.  He isn’t helping fight the so-called “Islamic State,” who are practicing their religion like they used to under the caliphs- expansion and conversion by the sword.  He isn’t even calling it what it is.  People have forgotten because they never read their history books.  Idiots.  This kind of expansion is what started the crusades.  If you click the bold letters, you’ll get to a map that is colored in various shades of orange.  It’s the wrong color.  It should have been red, for the blood of the people they slaughtered in the name of expansion.  Yes, people on both sides did some idiotic things, but chopping off someone’s head because they disagree with you, or shooting them, is barbaric.  You’re worse than any other evil persons in the world and you should stop or be stopped.   The comparisons to Hitler’s regime are entirely apt.

In school they once asked whether nonviolent protest is the answer to this kind of movement.  I say no, because if I protest nonviolently all they’ll do is kill me and move on.  If I stand there passively resisting, I’ll lose my fucking head, or get a bullet in it, and I don’t want either of these.  Let force equal or surpass force and stop the bullies in their tracks.  Please make all efforts, Mr President, to ally yourself with America’s Allies first before making peaceful or ambivalent gestures to other world powers, and end the IS threat before they get to American soil.  After the threat is neutralized you may call them anything you want.

The news media basically said Netanyahu was to blame for any tension between Israel and the United States.  Really?  He’s coming with an olive branch asking us, his allies, to not arm his enemies or facilitate their nuclear capabilities.  He’s been waiting for Obama to make a friendly visit, or invite him to visit us, and that just hasn’t happened.  And yet, somehow, I’m supposed to believe it’s Netanyahu’s fault.  I’m not stupid.

I’m dizzy and getting sick, like I’m on an amusement park ride.  I’m not an idiot, I know what’s happening.  So I beg the media, please, stop the spinning, it’s out of control.