And Yet We Still Make It So…

4 Sep

As I am sure many of you already have, I have spent quite a bit of time wondering about the goings on in Ferguson, Missouri and about how a police officer could shoot and kill an unarmed citizen in the manner in which he did.

Of course already several weeks have passed since the incident and the internet and airwaves have been filled with a myriad of reasonings as to why this tragedy occurred. Was the police officer frightened or doing his duty or protecting the public? Was he scared or in fear of his life as some have suggested? Was he a racist? Or perhaps…the young unarmed victim had it coming? Or was a thug who deserved to be shot? Or maybe he was just so big and scary that his entire frightening self was more dangerous than any police officer with a gun could ever be?

Or maybe if the young man had simply just done what he was told to do by an authority figure this just never would have happened…

But after thinking about it for quite a while it dawned on me that perhaps the reason for this fatal occurrence between these two vastly different people was a much simpler one.

The police officer shot and killed the man because…he could.

And the eventual victim of that shot behaved in the manner in which he did because…he couldn’t.

I believe that for human beings, The reasons that we have for taking a life from this world… are sometimes all too sadly… that simple…especially in a world of haves and have-nots where those two distinct poles are rapidly accelerating away from each other as they are in our societies today.

And I also believe that the solutions needn’t be any more complicated…

 

 

This Post Sponsored by N, F and L

21 Aug

As I am sure many of you are aware, It’s almost time for the kickoff of the NFL’s 2014 season! And in an effort to increase it’s over 10 billion dollars in annual revenue the NFL has just announced that it is asking potential performers at its Super Bowl championship game in February, to pay the NFL for the privilege of performing at this annual event.

Yes, you read that correctly. The NFL wants to hire performers who will then pay the NFL for the privilege of being hired! What an exciting new way to make money!

And the best part is that The National Football League is an unincorporated nonprofit association, meaning its league office is not subject to income tax because it does not make a profit…despite the over 190 million dollars it collects in dues from its 32 teams…along with the $? it hopes to be making from some wealthy performers, I presume…

In fairness to the NFL the would-be halftime performers are themselves multi-millionaires and the NFL does not usually pay the act that performs during the halftime ceremony, but it has covered travel and production expenses in the past, which can run into the millions of dollars…but still…why can’t all of these rich bastards pay some taxes?

We, the fans, pay taxes when we earn our money, save our money and spend our money…if anyone should have non-profit status it should be us!…shouldn’t it? I mean seriously,  How much “profit” did you make last year?

Anyway, in a related story the NFL has also asked that the Alphabet stop using the letters N, F and L until the proper licensing fees have been paid to said NFL.

Said the Alphabet…O Ucking Way!

Authority Is Saying You’re Sorry

19 Aug

I’ve been following the recent troubles in Ferguson, Missouri as I am sure many of you have and no matter who has come to speak before the public, whether it has been the police chief or Governor or any other representative of the local government, I have yet to hear anyone say, “I’m sorry” or “We’re sorry”…Have you?

Saying that you are sorry is at least a good place to start, especially when you represent or speak on behalf of government forces who are empowered to “Serve and Protect” the public good…and even more so when you claim that those forces need to be heavily armed in order to properly do their job, with weapons and equipment that are paid for with monies of the people, by the people and for the people that you have sworn to serve.

But instead we have heard everything but sorry. When a man with a gun shoots a man without a gun there should be a whole lot of sorrowful forgiveness asking on the part of the shooter and those who represent him or her. And when a person shoots their gun 6 times into the body and head of a helpless victim there should definitely be a whole lot of sorry going on.

And implying that ones victim wasn’t helpless, or wasn’t obedient to authority, or wasn’t the picture of virtue and goodness, or was frightening, or was very big is a waste of everyone’s time and insulting to intelligent human beings.

I often write about gun laws and gun control and the dangers of gun usage and ownership and when readers disagree with me they always cite the high level of violent crimes in our country or how they feel a real need to be able to protect themselves against those who have guns and who mean to do harm with them.

Well then fine, it is a free country…but with your gun ownership comes a tremendous and incredibly serious responsibility. You can defend yourself, your home and family but you had better not shoot someone who is unarmed and then say that it was because you were afraid or for any other reason other than he/she had a gun and was using it or going to use it to kill you or someone else.

If you have a gun and you find yourself still afraid of someone who doesn’t have a gun, then not having a gun was not your problem in the first place.

And if you are a policeman then you have no excuses to offer nor any that need to be heard by a decent and law abiding society and you had damn sure better never ever use it unless you are defending the public’s safety and/or your own and in a manner that shows that you have been trained and serious minded about your civic responsibility… that you signed up for and took an oath to uphold!

As far as I’m concerned just about all of those who I have seen representing the side of law enforcement in this societal fiasco have absolutely no idea how to properly use their guns in the protection of the general public, of whom they are supposed to serve, and they should have all weapons removed from their persons immediately…and not allowed to have them back until they can demonstrate their proper use in public…

and at the very least learned how to apologize and say that they are sorry.

Because we all know how this is going to end anyway don’t we?

A few months or a year from now there will be a trial held in an impartial venue far from Ferguson and St.Louis and after much deliberation and hand ringing a verdict of not guilty will be announced and the little town of Ferguson will go up in flames.

So I would at least like to see someone who is in authority, say that they are at least sorry about what has happened. It may be the least place to start but it is at the very least a place where fair minded and democratic justice should and must begin.

The Other Holy Land?

13 Aug

I would venture to guess that just about everyone can identify where the Holy Land is on a map of the world and why it is known as the Holy Land… because that is where religion and god were born of course. (fancy god being born!)

But I digress, because you would think that a planet’s Holy Land would be a place of peace and prosperity and provide a model for living and behavior to every other living thing on the planet…but our Holy land is exactly the opposite.

It’s a place that is home to thousands of years of bickering and strife, war and terror, unrest and injustice. Maybe it is a model for humanity, judging by how we all live in other parts of the world, but if it is it sure is a lousy one.

What is so Holy about it anyway? And if it is God’s “special place” then how does one explain it for God’s sake? Judaism and Islam have been fighting over who has the most special claim to it and they apparently have vowed to fight about it until the crack of doom. And Christianity is all aglow as to the way things are there because if all remains as it is now then it means that the “crack of doom” is nigh and God will soon return! But on a sadder Christian note… to destroy us all!

How cool…and Holy…is that?

Legend has it that Iceland was originally named Iceland so that foreigners would be frightened off and stay away from what was really a nice place to live. While Greenland, a cold and desolate place, was named Greenland so that folks would want to go there instead, and of course, miss Iceland all together.

Perhaps that’s what’s happened with the Holy Land. I think it is actually some other-where like for instance, Antarctica (Brrrrrr)… where all of the people there, and from many different countries, agree to live in peace and work harmoniously towards scientific and humanitarian goals…plus there hasn’t been a war there in…forever!

Maybe the fact that it’s not (incredibly) hot there is also a clue? I don’t know…just a thought.

 

 

 

 

Apocalyptic Apptitude

8 Aug

 

Today I received this Email message from a Republican website.

Dear Patriot,

There is a huge, hushed-up conspiracy that will wipe out 281 Million Americans in the next 6 months.The media has been forbidden to report anything about it. But at this very moment, the final part of this sinister agenda is being carried out…

…and this will bring God’s Judgement onto America.

But for 37 dollars you can buy the book that will explain how to survive it! And of course this disaster is going to happen because of President Obama and his sinister administration…

But seriously, why would you buy this man’s book or believe that the information in his book could help you survive over 90% of America’s population being wiped out! And why is he so avidly trying to sell books to raise money for a future where money will be useless? Hmmmmmmmm? NOT TO MENTION: 90% of America’s population is going to be wiped out!!! With only Republicans like you left???

It just begs the question: Who will do the cleanup???…Doesn’t it?

I used to love watching Jimmy Swaggart and Tammy Fay and Jim Bakker raise all of that money by trying to help other folks get into heaven. You’d send them all of your hard earned money to help ensure your future in paradise and they’d spend all of that same money on earthly desires like cheap whores, mascara and jewelry…and hardly anyone ever saw the irony.

This is where I like to think that a good education comes in handy. Read! Think! Question! Observe! Think critically!

And even if you consider yourself to be more of a spiritual person rather than an erudite one, and would rather ask yourself what Jesus would do, then by all means be my guest…Jesus may sacrifice himself to save your immortal soul but he would never, never, ever …ask you for money for a book on how he was going to do it.

Now would he?

 

Which Is Better, Less or More?

8 Aug

 

 

Here is a very simple question for all people on every side of the gun debate in America, so please answer it honestly. And in today’s society either one of these scenarios is quite possible so please choose either possibility A or possibility B…no exceptions…no qualifying statements.

Question: In which situation would you feel the safest?

A. You are a concealed gun carrier in a bar filled with concealed gun carrier patrons.

                                                 OR

B. You are the only concealed gun carrier in a bar filled with unarmed patrons.

 

P.s. And if I took your gun away where would you feel (and still B) the safest, then?

Creation Myth?

6 Aug

Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham, advocates a literal interpretation of the Bible and claims that the universe is 6,000 years old, despite scientific evidence from astronomy and from the Earth’s fossil and geological records. He says that Noah’s flood occurred about 4,500 years ago in the year 2348 BC and that the animals carried on Noah’s ark produced the biological diversity we now find on Earth. (7 billion people from 3 mothers? Cool!) He also believes that the dinosaurs co-existed with genetically modern humans.

And according to a Pew research poll 33 percent of U.S. adults, kind of agree with Mr. Ham and disagree with evolution and believe that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.”

Now Mr. Ham is saying that if Aliens were to be discovered somewhere in the universe they would also be affected by sin, but the salvation through Christ that the inhabitants of planet Earth benefit from would not apply to them. The Earth was “specially created” by God says Mr. Ham and the sin committed on Earth would affect the rest of creation because the Bible makes it clear that Adam’s sin affected the whole universe, which means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam’s sin, but because they are not Adam’s descendants, they can’t have salvation…and of course, would go straight to hell.

That makes perfect sense to me…doesn’t it to you?

Mr. Ham thinks scientists should stop searching for aliens because the search to find aliens, is itself a product of man’s sinful nature “driven by man’s rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution!”

But I say, what could be more egotistical or desperate or sinfully hubris filled than believing that God made everything “just for us humans”! Or in believing that an all powerful God came up with a complex plan for a complex universe that is so mundane and trite… create a giant universe all for one special species just to see who will be sinful and who will not based on a mistake one “male” of the species made…and just do that over and over and over again… ad infinitum, and nothing else counts.

I’m bored with that universe already and I don’t even have a super intelligent and immortal brain!

Anyway, isn’t God an Alien?

He wasn’t born on Earth or from Earth or of Earth. He made it…didn’t he? So where did he come from if it was not from some alien other-worldly place???

And what if he does come back and lands at Mr. Ham’s Creation Museum just to check out his handiwork and to see how we humans are celebrating him? Right after he steps off his spaceship or flying horse or whatever, people will probably point and say, “Hey look at the sinful alien!”

…and then shoot him! (and then all go straight to hell I suppose?)

 

 

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