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Consequences

I don’t write often about politics much any more because I really would prefer to focus on the nice and pleasant things our world has to offer. But I made the mistake of clicking a link describing how an Ohio judge has called out several of the Cleveland Browns players for being idiots. He stated as a veteran, he wasn’t willing to attend any games where players showed disrespect to the people who indirectly made it possible for the players to be there.

This nonsense is an extension of the publicity stunt that talentless Kaepernick decided the only way to get publicity was to kneel for the national anthem. Apparently he’s having a hard time finding a job this year.

I also learned the NAACP has an interim president who lacks the basic understanding of cause and effect, which suggests to me the NAACP should find a smarter person to put at the helm of their organization, if they wish to retain any semblance of credibility.

“No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech – to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL’s own regulations,” NAACP Interim President Derrick Johnson.

Now if Kaepernick had any discernable talent on the football field, owners would be willing to put up with the circus he brings along with him. But he’s, at best, a mediocre player, and therefore isn’t worth the headache.

Despite the refusal to acknowledge it, there are consequences to actions. This is how life actually works, when you step out of college safe zones and the comfort of academia where you can cry until you get your way. Actions have consequences.

Personally, I think the NFL is an utter waste of time, yet another religion competing for your time and money. I don’t pay much attention to the NFL; but if I had, I would have quit paying attention last year after this take a knee nonsense. I’m not blinded by the belief that America is in anyway superior, and I’m as critical of it as they come. But football’s a business, and I don’t spend my money at places that thumb their nose at me.

Kaepernick took a knee, and now he’s just another Monday morning quarterback. Serves him right.

Let’s Force Girls To Learn To Code

So I read this youthdigital blog post about getting girls into coding. I shouldn’t have.

Now, before I begin, let me make my thoughts on this general topic clear: I don’t think it’s a bad idea for women to get into coding if they’re interested in it. I encourage my daughter to learn how to write code, since I think it would be good for her. Writing software teaches problem solving skills in a way that not a lot else can.

The problem I have with this article revolves around a couple of sentences at the beginning. Here’s the quote:

In 2015, girls made up less than 22 percent of all students who took the AP Computer Science exam. And only 18 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women.
It’s clear that girls are not receiving the same technology education that their male counterparts are.

This is complete nonsense. I didn’t bother checking the cited percentages because those percentages mean exactly nothing.

There is no vast conspiracy keeping women from getting computer science degrees or preventing them from taking the AP Computer Science exam. In fact, I would suggest the reason “girls are not receiving the same technology education that their male counterparts are” is because the girls aren’t interested in pursuing it.

Now, if I were as irresponsible in my interpretation of this poorly written bit of crap as they were in their choice of words, I would say youthdigital endorses forcing women and girls to become coders regardless of what the girls in question want. How bloody empowering is that? Isn’t forcing women to do things against their own wishes the exact opposite of what we’re told is the point of feminism?

And while I’m on this line of thought, there’s no “Silicon Valley Conspiracy” to keep minorities out of this field either. None. In fact, with affirmative action and similar quota-systems in place, should minorities wish to pursue computer-related educations, it would probably be easier for them to do so. Women and girls included. It’s a lie that this industry has no diversity.

The opportunity is there for anyone to pursue. If they choose to do so.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. — Edison

Wal-Mart Gives Me Another Reason Not To Shop There

I’m not a Confederate Flag apologist; I don’t have any particular attachment to it. The whining leftist weenie censorship element in our country has done a good job of convincing the ignorant, unwashed masses that it’s a symbol of racism, a term which itself is a semantic satiation any more.

But in reality, the Confederate States of America were formed in response to a repressive, bullying federal government that blatantly overstepped its Constitutional boundaries in direct violation to the 10th Amendment. Sort of like the repressive, bullying federal government does today.

The difference was, the Confederates believed enough in their rights to stand up to the repressive, bullying federal government and its boundaries-trashing president. I bet Lincoln wishes he could’ve distracted the unwashed masses with ESPN back then while he blatantly disregarded the Constitution. Obama doesn’t know how good he’s got it.

And while the federal government has continued to violate, undermine, and actively destroy our Constitutional freedom, it’s also done its damnedest to vilify those who stood up for theirs, to ensure that no one tries it again. And it seems to be working.

We live in a country so full of ignorance that the majority have no idea what’s going on. They’re the product of a public school education, which means they’ve been taught by the very same federal government whose sole purpose is self-preservation. And that ignorance is pervasive and spreading.

Case in point:

A man in Louisiana wants a Confederate flag on a cake. Wal-Mart refuses. So he goes in the next day and asks for a cake with the ISIS battle flag on it. Guess what?

Yep.

Per Wal-Mart policy, it’s perfectly acceptable to decorate a cake with the symbol of a group that beheads people, burns them alive, and who knows what other atrocities they’ve committed that the liberal leftist awestruck media hasn’t gleefully reported. But it’s not okay to put the Confederate flag on a cake.

I know the company has issued a pro forma apology to the man, lest those it’s fleecing think less of the company while it engages in its campaign of censorship. But even putting aside the empty words and censorship they’re engaging in, there are a couple of problems that I can see. The first, is that this “talented bakery associate” was so ignorant that he or she had no idea what this man was asking. Secondly, the company thinks this is acceptable and condemned the customer for probing Wal-Mart’s loyalties. This speaks volumes about where the company places its values.

And this is indicative of what’s wrong with Wal-Mart. I haven’t done my shopping at Wal-Mart in five or six years at least. I quit going there because I got tired of the dirty, disgusting stores, the entirely discourteous, clueless, and apathetic staff, and most of the rest of the other people there. In short, I got tired of dealing with these sorts of “talented associates” and this sort of corporate dogma. And if I had never spent another dime in Wal-Mart, it wouldn’t have hurt my feelings.

While it was an In-A-Pinch option before, I’d rather do without than spend any of my money at Wal-Mart ever again. I think the company’s demonstrated where its loyalty lay. Wal-Mart has every right to be pro-ISIS, pro-censorship, pro-political correctness, and pro-ignorance (pardon the redundancy of the last three; I’m aware they are all the same thing). But by not shopping there, none of my money will find its way via the Wal-Mart Avenue to ISIS’s coffers.

Anti-Ugly

The news is full of horrible stories lately. There’s so much anger and bad news and people stirring it up as click bait. Good news doesn’t sell; I get it. But I, for one, am tired of it. If I didn’t have any moral compass, I’m sure I could stir it up with the best of them. But I do have a moral code that I choose to live by. The media spreads the Ugly pretty thick because that’s the business they’re in.

What I have here is, I hope, and antidote for all that. When you’re finished reading the news, when you’ve finished absorbing all the hate and anger and hopelessness that the news brings you… Have a look at some Anti-Ugly.

I hope it helps.

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If that’s not enough Anti-Ugly for you, there’s some more here, here, here and here.

The Ballot Box Stash

I tried convincing my dad to come onboard as a more regular contributor, but he’s not convinced (yet). In the mean time, since voter fraud is a current topic of debate, I present, courtesy of my Pops, The Ballot Box Stash to the tune of The Monster Mash. Enjoy!

Inasmuch as today is Halloween, and next Tuesday is Election Day, I offer this parody of a Halloween favorite. It’s called, “The Ballot Box Stash” sung to the tune of “The Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. (With apologies to same).

The Ballot Box Stash

I was working in the grave yard late one night,
When my eyes beheld an unusual sight.
The ground began rumbling, and I began to note,
Dead Democrats rising so they could go vote.

(Chorus)
They did the Stash.
The Ballot Box Stash.
They did the Stash.
It caught on in a flash.
They did the Stash;
The Ballot Box Stash.

An ethereal gloom set in on the place,
as ectoplasmic goons got up in my face,
And proclaimed in disembodied voices mysteriously,
“We dead take our civic duties seriously…”

(Chorus)

One by one the Democrats rose from the dead,
And to the courthouse they did head,
Until the last decomposed corpse jumped up from his coffin,
And said, “Whatever happened to ‘Vote Early,’ ‘Vote Often?’

(Chorus)

I saw now that it was all part of the plan:
The dead voting “Democrat” all across the land.
And for you, the living, this warning is sent to;
When you get to the courthouse, tell them Boris registered you…

(Chorus)

Thanks, Ken Reamy, for this amusing take on the holiday and the election.

To The Freedom From Religion Foundation:

I know you’re desperately yammering away in society, begging to be noticed and taken seriously.  If your website content was written by staff writers from The Onion, I’d doff the proverbial RE that content.  I appreciate quality satire.  But I know you somehow take yourselves seriously and aren’t presenting yourself as satire:  You actually think of yourself as “free thinkers,” and that’s just sad and pathetic.

I roll my eyes whenever one of your spokespersons has a quote in an article I read.  It’s a pretty shameful reflection of how ignorant our society has become when what passes for legitimate news sources — a sad reflection of the state of American intellect in itself — quote your positions.

You’re a bunch of hypocrites, and I’m not sure which is more pathetic: the fact that you are or that you don’t even realize it.  I suppose when you’re you, it really is immaterial which one is more pathetic.

Since I know you’re blind to your hypocrisy, let me enlighten you.  You’re pushing your preferred religion down everyone else’s throats.  Your religion is the most popular one among your freedom-hating leftists and “progressives”:  Your religion is conformity.  And you’re no more important in the world than some self-aggrandizing Home Owner’s Association bullying its residents over symbols of patriotism.

Yes, you’re conformity bullies.  But don’t worry:  You’re not even the most important or most relevant group of conformity bullies our nation has to offer.

I can confidently say that you’re completely irrelevant to our society.  I can say with certainty that you don’t even know what your mission is.  Your whole organization is based on a faulty premise.  How can I say these things to you?  Well, it’s simple, really.

Your website’s masthead states, presumably with a straight face, that your mission is Protecting the constitutional principle of the separation of state and church. I’m sure that sounds very noble to your feeble minds full of conformist dogma and liberal superstitions.

But here’s a transcript of the text of the Constitution of the United States.  And here’s a transcript, for good measure, of the Bill of Rights.  Go on, read them; it takes me about half an hour or so, and I’ll wait for you to catch up.  Read carefully because I’ll have questions for you when I’m done.

All finished and ready?  Got your closed minds geared up for a simple question?  Okay, here goes:  Where in the Constitution of the United States does it mention separation of church and state, or since this is (unsurprisingly) the order you prefer state and church?  Feel free to look again, now that you know what the question is going to be.  It’s an open-book test, this.

Nowhere in the Constitution does it guarantee separation of church and state.

First of all, the phrase separation between church and state doesn’t appear in any of our nation’s founding documents.  It doesn’t appear in any document ascribing the rights of the people, nor does it appear in any document ascribing the role of government in the lives of the people.  It appears in a letter from Thomas Jefferson wherein he responds to the Danbury Baptists Association request for an explanation as to why he didn’t declare national days of fasting or thanksgiving.  And when people and organizations such as your misinformed and confused club use it as they do, they always take that phrase out of context of the larger sentence as whole.

Here is the context (I added the emphasis so you won’t get lost):

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.

Thomas Jefferson 

Did you catch that?  Jefferson wrote to this religious organization stating that the Constitution protects religious establishments from random acts of government, as the first amendment clearly states.  Therefore he elected not to declare national days of fasting and thanksgiving because that amounted to government dictating religion to the people.

Now as individual citizens of the country, you are certainly free to pursue a freedom from religion if that is your wish.  No one is going to force you to associate with religious people.  American society is far too enamored with pursing their religion of consumerism to bother forcing you, believer of conformity, into any religious contact against your will.  Even supposedly religious people are typically too timid to argue against a simple not interested.

But your organization exposes you for the ignorant, illiterate, hypocritical fascists that you are.  Your website is full of Orwellian Newspeak which is then parenthetically translated back into English.  You wouldn’t have to do that if you were honest with yourselves and the rest of the world about your idolizing censorship and denying freedom to those guaranteed it.  Your attempts at valid coherency are double plus ungood.

So having given you the knowledge and understanding that you need to recognize your hypocrisy, your religious preference, and your fascism, I recognize you’re going to continue in your path of actively destroying the freedoms of those whom you find disagreeable.  I may be an optimist, but I’m not stupid.  Reality, reason, intelligence, and actual free thought have no place in your organization.  And you’re not going to change just because someone told you a truth.

But you now have no more excuses:  To continue to operate in your current state of ignorance is a consciously willful act against reason, intelligence, and freedom.