Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Terrible Ordeal Charlize Theron had to go through.

Charlize Theron told the New York Times that playing the scene in the movie "Bombshell" where Megyn Kelly claimed "Santa is White" was particularly hard for because of her two children. OMG, what a horrible ordeal she must have gone through. I don't recollect that sentiment about the movie where she played serial killer Aileen Wuornos ("Monster" back in 2003). In fact, Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama and the SAG Award for her performance. I guess they need more Ricky Gervais to point this kind of stuff out to them.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sex Robots and Paedophiles

The BBC has released a three part documentary titled "Sex Robots and Us." The concept proposes that they will create child-like sex dolls and believe that the paedophile will use it instead of targeting real children. I can't think of an instance where feeding a perversion has worked better than dealing with the perversion. [SOURCE}

 The BBC has become a mouthpiece for various subjects including a recent documentary on climate change that became a catapult for mass demonstrations by children demanding climate change be battled seriously by governments. This involved them leaving school to "demonstrate" (so you can decide whether it was really for climate change or just time off from school.) Italy will be making climate change classes mandatory for every grade starting next year.

The Daily Mail claimed in 2006 that Andrew Marr stated, "The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It's a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people. It has a liberal bias, not so much a party-political bias.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Reporters believe they're reformers.

Warm and Fuzzy
Reporters believe they're reformers. They view themselves with reverence as though they were protecting the world against the forces of evil. People who evoke utopian ideas are loved by them. Reporters love the ideas..in particularly the more utopian..because they embrace a "humanity" that is purely ideological regardless of whether the ideas can even work in the real world or government structures. Utopian ideas generally cannot. So the media pursues the fairy tales that make people feel good and rarely come to the place where they can reconcile that the ideas are simply warm and fuzzy fables. Election cycles are generally loaded with pithy platitudes and it is also the times that the media reveals a bias they don't even know they have because they're too self absorbed protecting us against the forces of evil. They believe they are right. A dogma that can rarely, if ever, be breached.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New books for my library.

New books for my library. New (old) books, I guess is more accurate.

1) Popular Monthly - the one with the binding failing is from 1885. Of course, lots of history. No pictures but lots of drawings

2) The Anatomy of Loneliness (1980) From the author written introduction: "We struggle against loneliness even before we know the adversary...Loneliness per se has no objective positive or negative value apart from subjectively experienced feelings...." I find the subject matter interesting because of the different perspectives the book offers.

3) The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant. From the liner notes: "To the Durants history is not merely a warning of mans follies & crimes, but also an encouraging remembrance of generative souls..a spacious country of the mind, wherein a thousand saints, statesmen, inventors, scientists, poets, artists, musicians, lovers, and philosophers still live and speak, teach and carve and sing.."

4) On Being a Real Person by Harry Fosdick (1943). I like this because it breaks down man's cause and effect in his motives and search for personal identity but always brings it back to faith and faith's author, God (through Jesus Christ). But not in a way that would insult your intelligence as many contemporary Christian (and non-Christian) self-help books. In fact I would not classify this as a self help book in any way shape or form.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Anyone who makes a political or social decision based on the "wisdom" of Taylor Swift shouldn't waste everybody's time voting anyway.

HEADLINE: Pop superstar (Taylor Swift) advocated for the Equality Act during an acceptance speech and a performance of “You Need to Calm Down.” <<<This is considered breaking news, BTW, by the mainstream press.
Anyone who makes a political or social decision based on the "wisdom" of Taylor Swift shouldn't waste everybody's time voting anyway. It was Martin Luther King who said, “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless.”
The so-called Equality Act wants to redefine morality and create a newly defined definition of "heartless" people to punish through punitive laws and legislations. (And all the lawyers said "Amen!!"🤔)
True change comes from within; not forced from without. The Equality Act will simply create a new class of criminals. The Constitution already protects citizens equally...it was never intended to offer special protections for people who feel they are offended by anything, something, or everything. If a guy wants to call himself a woman and call it "Gender Identity" that's between him, his conscience and God. I can count on no fingers the number of times I have sought out any such person just so I could discriminate or insult them. In turn, don't make me a criminal for not celebrating or rallying around his decision.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

"Sounding credible" is not a proof of anything.

Some observers of the Cohen hearings are concluding that he must be right because he "sounds credible." <<--a phrase I've heard several times from various politicians and media talking heads over the last couple days. This is not a defense of Cohen or Trump, but some of the greatest conmen in the world have "sounded credible" only to find out through investigation that they lied. "Sounding credible" is not a proof of anything. As a general rule I dont watch any hearings from any congressional committees because they want us to believe they have some kind of interest in justice instead of their self-interest in grand standing and self-pontification. This is clearly the same old same old

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cow Farts

Cow farts. They are a major contributor to the death and destruction which climate change has begun to reap on the world....according to Democrat Party leaders who are pushing eliminating cow farts as part of their Green New Deal which appears to be headed to become a part of their platform for 2020 elections. Truly American politics has come full circle. It's OK to kill unborn babies and its OK that illegals kill Americans and then hide in sanctuary cities ....but, heaven forbid, that cows should fart.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

I dont get the popularity of the "distressed" wood look of furniture.

Growing up, this was the kind of stuff we did NOT want in our house and would end up at the dump (before they were called "landfills"). It looks to me like somebody had some old junk furniture and thought maybe they could make a buck out of it and relabeled it "distressed" and .....it too off as a trend. Somebody out there is laughing their head off about this.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Golden Calves, Dolly Parton, and Manufactured Outrage Mississippi Style

Golden Calves-Vert:
I recollect hearing as far as back when I was a kid about the Israelites making a golden calf in order to worship it. The message was always that God had commanded that we should not worship any graven image. And then having the
idea reinforced by the Charlton Heston movie "Ten Commandments" which, back in the day was a yearly TV event usually played around Easter.

No big deal, on my part, as I always thought I would not ever see any logical reason to worship anything made out of any kind of metal. However, now in retrospect, I realize I have worshipped the "golden image" many times in my life. I was enlightened recently through a 1956 book I have in my personal library called "Bible Fires - Messages on Bible Characters" written by Robert G. Lee (Zondervan Press). At a closer look it does seem pretty odd that these people who had seen such great signs and miracles by God would suddenly dump Him in exchange for a golden calf. But...that was not the message. As Lee writes "Looking upon this golden calf the people said (shouting, I think): "These be thy gods, O Israel!" Rather, thy god....the golden calf gave them false and belittling ideas of God...and thus decreased their faith and hope in Him. .....God was still to be worshipped but in the form of a calf."
  Ouch. I have many times experienced the miracles and touch of God in my life...but when things got tough or God seemed far away....I have been very guilty of trading in the real God for an image that made more sense at the time. "So," continues Lee, "the sin of the people was not in a breach of the First but of the Second commandment." They did not wish to repudiate God but simply to worship Him under the similitude of a calf." It was through this initial effort that their morals began to crumble and they began a festival of celebration marked by adultery, drunkenness, and fornication (to name a few things) all while believing they were worshipping God when, in truth, they were worshipping an image of God they had created. It was only through the intervention and pleading of Moses to God on their behalf that He did not destroy them. Shortly after that Aaron's sons were killed for offering a strange fire to the Lord.  Aaron was complicit with the creation of the golden calf...and this was something his sons were likely to have been observing. The father is a powerful force and energy in any child's life.
   We all need to seek the God of creation, the God who's son is Jesus Christ, and the God who is really there, as opposed to the image many of us and many church people settle for.

Dolly Parton once said "The Bible doesn't say 'Some things are possible. It says All things are possible.' I know in my heart that if I've got enough faith, grit and determination, that if there is anything in this business or world that I truly want to do, I can give it as good a shot as anybody else. I'll get it done." Let me add, however....and this is not a judgment of the spiritual life of Dolly Parton as that is a judgment best made by God alone.....but the preceding verse to "All things are Possible" had to do with the salvation of men and Jesus said very clearly that with men that is impossible but with God all thing are possible." Man, on his own, or even with just his modified version of who he thinks God CANNOT do all things. God can. If you are "with God" you can do everything He does if it is the course God created you to take. If it isn't...God is not going to be there to help you.

Things I Heard Downwind:
A great actor can bring tears to your eyes, but so can a car mechanic.

How many politicians does it take to change a light bulb?
Two. One to assure us that everything possible is being done while the other screws the bulb into a water faucet.

Dear Lord, fill my mouth with meaningful stuff, and nudge me when I've said enough.

Lost. black retriever dog, answers to "Dinner's Ready!"

A generation ago most people who finished work needed rest...now they need exercise

A modern society that outlaws the death penalty does not send a message of reverence for life, but a message of moral confusion. When we outlaw the death penalty, we tell the murderer that, no matter what he may do to innocent people in our custody and care, women, children, old people, his most treasured possession, his life, is secure. --Pat J Buchanan

Mississippi's Senate Candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith has been asked by Walmart to return a $2000 donation to her campaign in light of her recent comments about surfacing about her being "on the front row of" a "public hanging" if she were invited. I was not a supporter of Hyde-Smith in the election Nov 6 but I don't see the comments she made...in the context of which she used them...as being racist. And not intentionally insensitive to the audience to whom she was speaking since it took a Louisiana blogger to dig up the soundbytes long after the event was a almost forgotten memory to those who were attending.  Walmarts request happened just a few hours before the Hyde-Smith vs Espy debate...so it appears Walmart wanted a front seat with the media to berate Hyde-Smith publicly.

But, then, in the age of Internet manufactured outrage it's the latest fad that will continue until a whole lot of people grow up. Her challenger in the run off is Mike Espy and, of course, anyone supporting Espy is sure that Hyde-Smith was racist when she said it and the comment, of course, is "highly offensive**" (** as stated by Bishop Ronnie Crudup, a senior pastor at a predominantly black church in Jackson.....and BTW is supporting Mike Espy). I know there are some Sen Chris McDaniel supporters (who lost the GOP race against Hyde-Smith) are pushing the "racist" idea also and I think that is sad, as well. As an Independent I do not intend to run out and campaign for Hyde-Smith even though I did support and vote for McDaniel over Hyde-Smith. Whether I vote for her remains to be seen as here in Mississippi Republican candidates are chosen by the Republican Party of Mississippi and NOT by citizens who might be registered as Republican.

Picayune Item Downwind:
According to wikipedia: Outbrain is an advertising company. It uses behavioral targeting to recommend articles, slide shows, blog posts, photos or videos to a reader, rather than relying on a more basic "related items" widget. The sites with the recommended articles pay Outbrain for this service, and Outbrain pays the site on which the links appear.
There is also a Hijacker called the Traffic.outbrain.com which if your anti-virus program does not stop then you will have to remove.
The Picayune Item has this Outbrain advertising on its website. It can also manifest some rather embarrassing photos which will show up right on the front page of the website newspaper. Not a good smell downwind.

Frankly, I don't know if they will survive.

     About two years ago I pretty much quit blogging. I also quit watching the news and quit following anything political.

I noticed something changing and was uncertain as to how or why and how to react to it. During that last presidential election it became clear that something was changing. I even wrote about it in January 2016  ("The Inevitable end of the American "Democracy."). It was clear that some long held paradigms were shifting. Not only in the USA but worldwide. I wrote that " The concepts of conservative, Republican, liberal, Democrat, socialist, left wing, right wing, and even establishment, etc are all starting to blur a bit. Frankly, I don't know if they will survive."
      And I believe the process is still changing things...though not complete. 
     But, in my time away I have reformed some thoughts and am beginning to look at all of it differently. The good news is that whatever happens or doesn't happen God remains in charge and complete control and it is that future I embrace. So, regardless of how the winds blow I hope to remain steadfast to that end. Politics is mostly a flesh and blood fight and not worth anything real in the end. It can produce some changes on the surface but it doesn't do it with or really for humanity. It does it in spite of (good or bad) because unless it touches the heart of a man it has not created anything that really lasts. That does not mean I am saying do not get involved or vote or something like that. If that is your calling than do it good and hit it hard. My activist days are pretty much behind me. I did my time in the trenches. No I'm going to do what I think I do best: observe.