The Value of Life

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The recent bombing in Manchester was horrible. The thought of people having the time of their lives, children and teenagers, and having that joyous experience shattered by someone that blew himself up is unthinkable. As time goes by I have to accept that at some point in my life, I may also be in the midst of a person with the intention of using his or her life as a tool to take the lives of many. This got me thinking about life; it’s meaning, and what it may mean to others.

Life is a precious thing to waste. I’ve always believed that life happens as soon as it begins to grow; a seed is just a seed until it sprouts. From that time on, life…all life moves closer and closer to death. Not to sound morbid but, we are not living; we are dying. All life has a finite amount of time on this planet so with the time remaining, what will be my contribution. I can’t contribute if I cut my life short and we are only stronger if we work together.

Back to this question, why would someone use his or her own life as a weapon of mass destruction? In thinking about this question it dawned on me that other people/cultures may think of life differently than I do. In that there are some who believe that life is something to value and others that believe that life is something of value.

To value life is to love and believe in the give and take that can only occur while being alive; loving someone to the end of time, experiencing the growth of your children, taking a walk and breathing in the air, the clouds, the magic of the seasons, knowing and looking forward to your own growth and the inevitability of old age.

To see your life is something of value is to see yourself as a tool, one that can bring great wealth such as a sports star, prostitute, a suicide bomber. On the other hand, I don’t think people actually see themselves as something of value…I think it’s others that see other people’s lives as something of value. Managers of athletes, actors and musicians must see the value in people in terms of dollars or they wouldn’t manage them. I think people can also see the value in themselves in that they believe that due to whatever qualities they possess, they are worth a certain amount of dollars.

I think the problem I have is people seeing themselves as a tool of destruction. Although an athlete may sell himself to the highest bidder, selling his soul to the devil sort of speak, he or she still believes that life is something to value because it is that very life that is bringing in the bucks. In addition, the athlete will want to reap the rewards of wealth after he or she retires. But, to believe that your life is something of value such as the case of a suicide bomber, he or she has to be manipulated into believing that ending his or her life for whatever reason is more important than living it and I just can’t fathom the processes that occur when being manipulated into using your life as a tool of destruction for the sake of something or someone else.

I’ve written enough. Honestly, I don’t think that I got any closer to answering my question and in the meantime, I’m waiting for the next one to happen. I just hope that it’s not at our doorstep.

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Revelation: “Not Your Typical Bible Tale”

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I had a revelation…and no, it had nothing to do with the end of the world. It had more to do with the beginning.

I am not religious. That’s not to say that I don’t believe in doing things religiously – I just don’t pray to something that hasn’t proved to me that it exists. To be honest, I’d sooner believe in Santa Clause. However, I do believe that there are stories that were written in the bible by men that contain morals that can be incorporated or discarded.

One thing I do believe is that man was created in god’s image – when man looks in the mirror, he sees himself – so who is god.

Anyway, I was thinking about the story of the Tower of Babel. Basically, all people spoke the same language until they got together to build a tower. When god saw this tower, he decided to, “confound their language” and scatter them across the planet.

The way I see it, god punished the people for working together to build something great.

What if we all believed in Kennedy’s words when he said, “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” I may be naïve but I think if we pooled all of our talents with every country on this planet, we would be able accomplish wonders beyond our imagination.

Until then, we are going to have to endure our present condition, which I have to admit, is not optimistic. Ironically, it seems as if we are inching closer to an apocalypse to rival Revelations.

 

 

TrumpmurT: Trump Flipped

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It seems as if Trump may have finally come to his senses. As of today, Trump has made an about-face on several of his campaign promises. He has backed down on his claim that China was a “currency manipulator,” NATO is no longer “obsolete,” he seems to have more compassion for the atrocities that have befallen the Syrian people, and he now believes that Russia may be up to no good – most likely ending the bromance between him and Putin.

What happened?

I think he finally decided to get his head out of his ass.

I don’t want to sound naive but I believe that most of America, and the world for that matter, have had their eye on the news since Trump has been in office, wondering, what in the hell is this knuckle-head thinking?

Believe me, I am not a Trump supporter. However, there is that part of me that has always rooted for the underdog. So, if this is the hand that the house has dealt to me, no matter how butt-ugly the cards look, I still have to make a choice – do I fold, or do I hold on to my cards and pray for a miracle. Let me see…I don’t gamble, I don’t believe in god, and I don’t believe in miracles.

Damn…I better start praying.

America STRIKES First?

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Trump gave the ok to bomb an airfield in Syria because the Assad regime attacked Syrians through the use of chemical weapons. Does this mean that Trump now has empathy toward the Syrian refugees seeking asylum? Will he take Syria off the list of banned countries suspected of “Radical Islamic Terrorism?” Is this the stance that Trump is going to take every time something like this happens in any country? What if Israel decides to bomb Palestinians by targeting a hospital or a school filled with children? What would Trump do if he were to view the images of Colombians with their heads chopped off by the drug cartels? Will Trump bomb any country that passes his sympathy test?

What happed to America first?

Maybe he misspoke…maybe what he wanted to say was America STRIKES first.

TrumPuppet’s fire, ready, aim mentality has consequences far beyond his inability to see upfield. He essentially chose to go to war with Syria, a country that is allied with Russia. Does he really believe that they will not retaliate in some way shape or form – does he not know that Russia is a nuclear country?

I hate to sound fatalistic but…the worst is yet to come.

The Eagle and the Moron

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So let me get this straight…if Trump is the personification of his voters, then Trump supporters are fearful, paranoid, ignorant, have a disregard of the truth and believe everything that is told to them. I hope that I am not offending anyone but this is what I see from the current, so called president.

It’s funny to me when someone like Van Jones can make this statement about Trump’s address, “He became President of the United States in that moment, period,” and days later, the Oaf in Office tweets this, “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy.” What this says to me is that Trump effectively has the ability to brainwash his supporters.

I don’t know about anyone else but a person, especially someone like the president of the United States of America, that does not have the guts to say something like, “Obama is tapping my phone,” in front of an audience of millions, then he is a coward – period…not a president – period.

I find the image of the eagle attacking this doofus, telling – a premonition.

“The bald eagle was chosen by the founding fathers because it symbolized strength, courage, freedom and immortality. The founding fathers felt that the bird encompassed these qualities in the same way that the newly formed United States did” (Reference.com).

This so called President possesses none of these qualities. The eagle attacking this moron says it all.

 

 

 

 

Good Clown or Bad Clown

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In an op-ed piece in CNN, the writers state, “the protesters, whose actions led to the cancellation of (Milo Yiannopoulos’s) talk at Berkeley and elsewhere, have done a disservice to the First Amendment.” Let’s take a look at the First Amendment.

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.

Well, there looks to be a bit of a conflict – Milo was trying to exercise his freedom to speak and the Berkley students were exercising their right to peaceably assemble. So in the end, it came down to which voice was stronger and more persuasive.

Is Milo someone we need to worry about? Yes, and others like him. Milo Yiannopoulos is a caricature not dissimilar to Hulk Hogan, Howard Stern or Trump himself. To follow a caricature is not that different from swooning over your favorite band…like the Beatles, or believing that professional wrestling is real. In the name of fighting against political correctness, Milo and others like him use hate and shock speech to bring attention upon themselves and make themselves appear like rock stars when all they are doing is recruiting college students that are vulnerable and conflicted about who they are by using a Nazi/ISIS style recruitment technique.

Berkley got it right and I believe we should continue to push against Milo and others like him all the way up to Bannon himself.

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

 

I give no one the right or permission to steer me otherwise.

 

 

 

Crossroads

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On January 20th 2017, Trump will officially take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I have to somehow find it within myself to accept him as the man who will speak for all people of the United States – it’s not easy. Reason being, I need to find something positive about him or his purpose in order for me to accept him and as of yet, I have not.

Maybe its because I have no idea as to what he is going to do in the future. Or, maybe because I know what he is going to do based on what he has done in the past.

This might be the moment that I use a statement made by Donald Rumsfeld to describe my quandary.

There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.

 Maybe “it is a failure of imagination” I lack. Rumsfeld also believed that is was this, “failure of imagination” that brought about the attack on Pearl Harbor, Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Who would have thought that Japan would be able to perform a sneak attack on a US base in Hawaii? Who would have thought that a group of men affiliated with Al-Qaeda would be able to learn how to fly a plane in the United States, and then hijack three jets in order to use them as missiles…failure of imagination. Maybe what I need to do is imagine a positive outcome to what I don’t know because for me, the known known is that Trump is going to be president. The known unknown for me is that I know that I have no idea what Trump and his cabinet is going to do to my future. Finally, the unknown unknown for me are the things that I have no prior knowledge of that can provide me with the information to predict what will happen in the future.

So lets create one…a positive one.

Trump has the potential to, “splinter the (Republican Party) into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds” (Kennedy), thus leaving room for a new party or to give legitimacy to other parties that have been practically non-existent or just waiting in the wings.

A known known about Trump is that he doesn’t believe that global warming is an issue. As a result, there will be more coal mining, fracking and drilling – The Dakota Pipeline issue won’t be one after Trump is in office. Using a bit of imagination, there is going to be a lot more pollution everywhere giving the Green Party a golden opportunity to push hard to be heard and I believe that people will start listening.

Trump will also make the rich a lot richer, playing right into the hands of the Independent Party and Bernie Sanders (which is probably why he still sounds like he’s campaigning on his message). If Bernie doesn’t croak, I’m fairly sure that he won’t have a problem getting the nomination.

As for the Democrats…I don’t know what to say. We lost our chance with Hillary and I can’t stretch my imagination far enough to see her or anyone else win the next time. As we saw with Trump, he won not because he spoke the truth but because he spoke his mind and he didn’t give a rats ass about what anyone thought about it. We have a lot of people in this country that are angry and in a sense, Trump spoke for them and they ate it up. As we can see today, Trump didn’t drain the swamp he just filled it with crocodiles as a means of managing it and making it his own.

Maybe this is a turning point for America, a tipping point…a crossroad where we may have to make a deal with the devil, or maybe we made that deal years ago and now the devil has come for our souls. Well, I’m not ready to give up my soul and I would wager that there are a lot of people that are not ready to give up theirs. This may be the time for a new Party – a Peoples Party. A Party that believes that power should only be wielded by the creator (whoever the creator may be) and that we…all people living on this planet, should be allowed to work in order to provide for his/her family and to serve his/her community in whatever capacity. A Peoples Party that believes that the health of everyone is tantamount for a healthier community and a healthier planet. A Peoples Party that believes that education is not a game of numbers but a pathway to a life of fulfillment. A Peoples Party that believes that poverty is an anachronism. A Peoples Party that believes that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not just a bunch of empty words but a calling, that a government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.

I’m not a leader. The last person that I would run to the ends of the earth with has just left office. I just need someone that I could believe in and maybe Trump, being the new president of the United States, will fracture this planet enough so that something new may come shining through.

That’s what I’m holding on to…

 

 

 

 

 

Bernie on the Bully-Pulpit

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I have to hand it to Bernie for displaying a blow-up of a tweet belonging to Trump to highlight the fact that he stated that there would be no cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Unfortunately it seems that Bernie may have arrived late to the party.

I could be wrong but I think the point that he was trying to make may have fallen on deaf ears.

Bernie should know by now that Trump’s supporters did not vote for him because they believe that he speaks the truth, they voted for him because he says what’s on his mind – the truth is inconsequential. When Trump made this statement,

“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,”

his own wife, Melania, along with other male and female Trump supporters, dismissed the statement as, “boy talk.” The take away was that Trump didn’t really mean what he said and the result is his presidency.

Is Hillary in jail?

Did Trump really drain the swamp?

Come on Bernie…you can’t be that naive.

Why Sanders Lost my Vote and Trump Never had a Chance to Gain it

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In the beginning, I was a Bernie fan through and through. I loved his ideas especially on health care. But as time went on, Bernie began to sound monotonous, almost militant in his message – not that much different than Trump but on the opposite side of the spectrum.

Trump has never done anything for anyone but himself. Until I have proof, I will have no choice but to believe that Trump never paid taxes, doesn’t give to charities, never held public office, doesn’t have a clue of how to be a father and cannot take criticism, which is a virtue that comes with being an adult.

Humans are complex beings. We sway from one emotion to the other. One day we crave one thing then something else the next. The world is not one sided – so I don’t believe that policies should be one sided. I chose her because I believed that she possessed the ability to govern closer to the middle than her opponents – That she had a better chance at governing in a way so that at least all parties would be somewhat represented.

Clearly, I didn’t get what I wanted. However, I have the feeling that neither did anyone else.

About 100 Million People Didn’t Vote

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I don’t know if I should be sad by these results or just flat-out angry that we have so many dunderheads living in this country. If I were to choose one, I think that I would sway more towards being flat-out angry, and here’s why.

So, Hillary was not elected and yes…I voted for her. Even if I were a Bernie supporter I would have voted for her because voting for someone like Trump is not in my nature…he just doesn’t speak to me or for me. On the other hand, not voting at all would not be in my nature because I am not a dunderhead.

The fact that there are so many dunderheads in this country is just maddening. I don’t understand why so many people would choose not to vote in an election such as this. If I were to speculate what some nonvoters would say, I guess I would hear; “I didn’t vote because I don’t trust Hillary” – “I didn’t vote because I don’t trust Trump” – “I didn’t vote because Bernie lost” – “I didn’t vote because I don’t trust the government.” Whatever the reason, what I hear is, “I didn’t vote.”

Deep down, I believe the reason why so many people chose not to vote has very little to with laziness or because they were trying to make some sort of political statement and more to do with ignorance. Ignorance is the root of much of our failures as a human race. Ignorance is the root of racism, drug addiction, the act of finding the right partner, war, the conflict between Israel & Palestine, why we lost the peace in the Middle East – ignorance is the root of our evils. If we don’t take the time to learn, how in the hell are we going to understand? Instead, we complain, rant and rave on our fears and misgivings – blaming them all on OTHERS, whatever others may be, and not taking responsibility for your own choices – even if it is the choice of not doing anything at all.

So, the majority of the village has chosen the village idiot to lead us for the next 4 years and god forbid he gets impeached because what we would be left with would be much worse. All we can do is MOVE ON and hope that he doesn’t fuck things up so much that the next administration or the one after that, or the one after that, would be left with such a tangled mess that it would take a generation to figure out how to untangle it. The parable of having such a great fall that all of the king’s horses and men couldn’t put things back together, is beginning to feel less than a nursery rhyme and more like a premonition.

Trumpty Dumpty…the irony of it all.