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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Spun to High Rotation

A couple years ago I wrote a blog about the language being used to manipulate and bend the minds of the American people until it is so twisted, that reality has no bearing whatsoever.  The mere headlines makes one want to build a compound and start stockpiling food, weapons, and ammo.  Fox News Channel, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck (whom I am sure has lost his mind), and the Drudge Report feed us headlines that are designed to divide us, scare the shite out of us, and make us distrustful of virtually everyone on the planet who disagrees with their points of view. 

And it is this way by design, sheeple.  My conservative friends who watch Fox News like it were the Gospel Channel are so misled that it is deeply saddening.  On the other end of the spectrum, MSNBC has become the same idolatry for the liberal left. 

If you doubt me, here are a few of the Drudge Report's headlines:

Bibi On the Brink
Solar Eclipse, Supermoon, Spring Equinox:  Friday Will See Three Rare Celestial Events
Powerful Geomagnetic Storm Hits Earth
Fidel Castro Warns Venezuela Is Ready to Confront USA on Sanctions
THE ECONOMIST:  Immigration Has Ushered In 'Era of White Decline'
Disabled Mom Forced to Train Foreign Worker Imported to Replace Her
STUDY:  Workplace Suicides On Rise

Why?  Why are these stories valuable?  Some are clearly race-bating ("White Decline") while others are just hype to create a panic ("Workplace Suicides").  When is the last time Drudge, Hannity, Limbaugh, or Ingraham have seriously discussed the issue of homeless veterans?  Or the suicide rate of veterans?  It's pure, unadulterated insanity cloaked as legitimate news. 

So, where are we to turn for news that is current, informative, policy-related, and objective?  We can't trust blogs (even this one) to provide an unbiased view because my blog, for example, is covered with sarcasm and editorializing.  NPR or Public Television?  Of course not.  Even Sesame Street is permeated with the stench of agendas.  For me, the best place to get news is from Stars & Stripes, the Associated Press, and many local, small town papers.

Social media is what it is - social and fundamentally unreliable.  Great for networking, great for the development of new friends and finding family, but it is also a haven for hatred, bigotry, racism, and leftist propaganda at the same time.  It is ridiculous to think that any form of social media will provide objective news and information.

I started a website a little while ago, www.MyVeteransNews.com, to provide a little emotional commentary alongside the joyous as well as tragic stories about America's armed forces.  The story suggestions received from readers are often very good, but every now and again, a nutbag slips through and I have to read their request three or four times just to figure out whether or not they have any functioning brain cells left.  

Maybe it's my advancing years, maybe it's the fact that I've lived with daily pain for the last three years, maybe it's that I have seen enough hatred to finally be sickened by it.  Whatever the causal factors, I've reached a point where righteous indignation is justified but anger and hatred just for the sake of the same are a waste of energy and human resources. 

Yeah.  We really do need to just get along, try and love each other, learn forgiveness, put politics in its proper place, practice the faith we proclaim to possess, hold elected officials accountable, understand that the Constitution is not canon, people have value, and the good of our nation is more important than feigned patriotism.  Aren't you tired of it yet?  Democrats pissing on Republicans, Republicans pissing on Democrats, and Libertarians pissing on both parties.  It's old and it's silly.

This is just my opinion and I could be wrong, but I seriously doubt it.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Freaky Friday Week In Review


This was probably one of the more laid back weeks I've experienced in a very long time.  That doesn't mean I didn't bust my hump on projects that pay far too little, but emotionally, there was an odd sense of understanding that encircled me.  Not to sound like a new age nutbag, but I feel more enlightened - not clear, but more in touch with my surroundings.  I am learning about myself that I have lost all ability to tolerate bullshit.  I just can't do it.  I see my brothers and sisters in arms getting screwed over and forgotten by the very ones they swore an oath to protect, and it makes me nuts.  I see how their pain is unique and hidden from general public.  It's frustrating and I refuse to accept any argument that says the country has done enough for our veterans.

I also learned this week that my new website, www.MyVeteransNews.com is a hit.  People like the no frills, no bullshit approach to advocacy for our veterans.  Check it out for yourselves and give me some feedback.

Political News

This past week in politics has been absolutely insane.  Men and women are jockeying for position, trying to tie up their financial base for 2016, and the pickin's look slim.  Either more of the Bush or Clinton dynasties is what we will be offered up.  I don't even believe that the email-gate with Hillary will be enough to stop her freight train. 

The Oklahoma legislature has again made national headlines for its stupidity and absolute craving to fight against the Constitution.  The bill to approve "conversion therapy" was smacked down, but the bill to allow only clergy to grant marriages received a majority vote in the House.  Yes, you read that right:  A majority vote.  This is yet another one of those bill that will not withstand Constitutional muster and the taxpayers of Oklahoma will foot the bill for appeals.  You know, the God Squad Republicans are always talking about smaller government, but they themselves are costing the government hundreds of thousand dollars that could be better spent elsewhere.

Here's my rant on the current state politics right now:  When the Oklahoma legislature is in session, the true nature of the soul of Oklahoma comes forth.  It shows that we're bigoted, sexist, and a bunch of right wing loonies with nothing better to do with their spare time.  Oklahoma's legislature is the highest paid part time legislature in the country - and these pigs like to give themselves raises.  The truth of the matter is that Oklahoma should have a legislature that meets every two years.  Sadly, that will never happen because for most of our elected douchebags, they have the best jobs thy will ever have again.  It's filthy and disgusting, and unless the taxpayers wake the hell up, these bureaucrats will sit on their expanding asses and do nothing but write stupid bills that draw attention to this single celled amoeba of a state.

Personal News

As much as I hate to admit it, after my health had stabilized for a few weeks, I think I may have taken a turn for the worse.  Now it could just be that I caught a bit of the flu, but I notice that I'm becoming increasingly off-balance - as though my equilibrium has taken a vacation.  And there's the increasing weakness...blargh.   I've been back under the gun of pain management too again.  I still refuse to take pain meds because frankly, they make me even more stupid than I already am.  I take all the meds I am told to, but it seems like they have decided to either hide in my system or just not work any longer.  But, be of good cheer because I know that I've faced a whole lot more than this before and I am not going to let it get the best of me - or any of me for that matter.

Conversely, I've had the opportunity to do something I've always wanted to do.  I wrote a series of eBooks and published them on Amazon.com for download to Kindle.  I decided to start yet another in the series, with two of the main characters and it will be darker, more foreboding than the previous.  Another project I'm working on is a story about my life - I know, who in the hell wants to read that?  Maybe someone will be able to connect, understand and be helped along the way by some of the roadblocks I have met over the years. 

Who knows what the next few months or years will bring?  I don't.  I just hope that it is a lot less bumpy than previous years and that we can finally realize that it's okay to elect politicians who make sense and who are actually right for the jobs they seek.  I also hope that I get to feeling better pretty soon.  Not necessarily for my sake, but for those who have to deal with me.  The anxiety and the pain makes me a dick.

Fair winds and following seas, my friends.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Oops We Did It Again

You can tell when the legislature is in session here in Okieland because the state as a whole, loses its mind.  This last week has been no different and as a matter of fact, the derpage coming from underneath the methane gas filled dome has reached epic proportions.

Between the legislature being a bunch of bigoted self-righteous Pharisees, and the University of Oklahoma fraternity racist sing-along, the state has made national news.  Again.  With each passing day, with each story that is brought to light, we prove to the world that we are in a pickle and there isn't much help coming our way.

Marriage License/Certificate
One legislator wrote a bill that would eliminate marriage licenses, and only allow the clergy to
perform marriages.  It's a knee-jerk to the SCOTUS who has already rendered judgment that bans on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional  This Representative argued that from the beginning, marriage was a "religious covenant," and no one would argue that point.  This IS still a FREE country wherein even atheists are allowed to fall in love, marry, and God forbid, have children together.  How it the hell is it Constitutional to force them to go to one of Oklahoma's preachers (imagine Oral Roberts) to become married.

Representative Todd Russ, R-Cordell, is a religious zealot, trying to create for himself and the rest of the God-squad a simple theocracy in the state of Oklahoma.  He'll fail, of course, and the taxpayers of Oklahoma will be forced to foot the bill for defending this unconstitutional bill and it will not be a cheap tab.  Russ and others in the legislature have initiated a crusade of sorts to force their religious views down the necks of Oklahomans.  Nowhere in the Scriptures is this kind of garbage advocated and if anyone tries to tell you differently, they are idiots who wouldn't understand sound hermeneutics if it jumped up and bit them. 

Racism at OU
Another case where Oklahoma is made to look like a dumping ground for rednecks and intellectually challenged racists has gone completely viral.  A sing along song performed by an OU fraternity was recorded and has hit the Internet with gusto.  OU President David Boren has responded quickly, but not quickly enough to stop the emotional backlash from the rest of the country.  It's sad, it's shameful, and it should not be taking place at ANY institution of higher learning.

Racism is alive and well in Oklahoma.  Back in the days when I had my own outdoor television show (Wild Oklahoma), I was fortunate enough to travel the state and hunt in some of the most remote areas in Oklahoma.  The people were kind, but they suffered from generational racism.  Many of them were making comments that they obviously had no idea what was coming out of their mouths.  Racism is a bad thing no matter how you look at it.  And when it gets national attention, you can bet that Oklahoma is involved somehow.

This behavior has to stop in Oklahoma.  We have to stop electing these pew-jumpers who ignore Jesus' words, "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's," and replace them with, "Be the Ceasar and do so with the pride of a Pharisee.  Enough is enough. 

Aren't you sick of this garbage?


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Harrison Ford or Wyatt Martin? You Decide

We live in some very, very strange times.  Global warming scares, vaccination nightmares, ammunition bans, the reintroduction of the scarlet letter (against the LGBT community), spring temperatures followed by a foot of ice, and then, there's the stuff that is really messed up.  These certainly are weird and wacky times.

What causes this mania?  Is it more apparent because we have instant news coverage 24/7?  I remember getting into an argument with a gentleman a few years ago about how I believed that the Internet, social media, and the instant access to news and information has isolated us from one another and we haven't the ability any longer to have meaningful community.  He argued that since we have such access, we are able to communicate with people across the globe instantly.  I think my point still stands - video chat and emails are fine, but their not the same as holding someone as they weep and mourn a loss.  Neither is technology in a place where joy can be shared and spread.  I win this argument every time.

I suppose the up side to having instant access to information is that we're notified pretty quickly when elected officials pull their douchebaggery.  But then again, it only serves to piss off most of us with 50 functioning brain cells left.  It's one thing to hear about the idiocy of elected officials through the proverbial grapevine, but when the complete details of their shitheadedness is open for all to see, it's rather embarrassing.  Like in Oklahoma - the state has been the butt of jokes across the nation and we're kind of like that religious zealot cousin who ends up getting caught diddling the neighbor's daughter.  It's humiliating that we allow some of the bullshit that spews from under the dome to flow so freely. 

Then, there's news about Harrison Ford crashing a WWII airplane and being critically injured.  He is an avid pilot, according to news reports, and hailed by his fellow hobbyists with awards and commendations.  I don't mean to be a dick, but let's do the math, shall we?

1.  He's 72 years old.  Not that 72 is old, but it makes you wonder why he was...
2.  Flying a WWII aircraft.  Why?  Not that it really matters, but good heavens.  There are things I cannot do any longer and they have to be sacrificed at the altar of living. 

It doesn't make sense at all.  But, here's a noteworthy story that I promise you haven't heard:

Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22 of Mesa, Arizona died December 12, 2014 in Parwan Province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive devise.  The soldiers were assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division, Fort Hood, Texas.  Martin joined the Army in August of 2012 and had been assigned to Fort Hood's 2nd Squadron, 3rd Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division, since June of 2014.  He deployed to Afghanistan in June 2014.   (See more here.)

A kid.  50 years younger than a Hollywood star, probably without the star's income level.  He laid down his life for his country and its citizens.  Ford was fucking around in a WWII aircraft.  Martin was deployed to Afghanistan in the same month that Ford broke his leg making a Star Wars movie. 

So you tell me:  Who should be getting the headlines?

We live in a world where we worship Hollywood stars and musicians, but we can't seem to realize that as a nation, we owe our freedoms to men and women like Wyatt Martin.  Martin literally laid down his life for you and me - what is his reward?  Where is his parade? 

Sure, he enlisted, signed up and he knew the risks.  But he was a brave man, doing something that 1% of the population has the balls to do:  Take an oath and stand a post.

It's sad that Harrison Ford was injured and the hope is that he heals and returns to his next movie set unharmed. 

It's more sad, however, that the American people forget about the Wyatt Martins in our midst. 

This is just my opinion, and I could be wrong.  But I seriously doubt it.