looking around at things, oh more to the point, everything, (life, the world,
but not necessarily the universe, etc.) and I have concluded that I don’t care
for the direction we’re heading.We have
made great strides in the last eight years (just a coincidence that the strides
coincide with the Obama’s terms in office), but now it seems that we’re about
to take two steps back. To wit….
mood in this country pushing a candidate with all style, zero substance, and no
previous elected-to-high-or-any-other-office experience into international prominence.His supporters believe that
immigrants are the cause of all of our problems and he is more than happy to
support/exploit their notions.For them,
the attack is on two fronts: from Mexico and the Islamic world.Today we wake up to find that a majority of
British voters feel the same way about immigrants and have directed their
leaders to leave the European Union.
In the words
of W.C. Fields, “Godfrey Daniels!”
examples that, individually, we human beings have proven ourselves capable of
great achievements.As a group,
sometimes we can behave like morons.
We, in the
largely Christian-dominated Western Culture, should pause and think how the
ideals we are supposedly learning in our places of worship compare to the
current thinking of turning our backs on our fellow mankind.We learn once, but mind you only once a year,
that we should extend good will to all men (and women).Apparently, during the rest of the year, mankind is on its own.Apologies to mankind from myself, but I wish
I could feel that I am speaking for the rest of us.
Christianity, I am calling your bluff.
Many of the
world’s immigrants are refugees from areas of the world which collapsed around
them.We should probably ask ourselves
if we, or our leaders acting as our surrogates, did something to hasten the
destruction of the immigrants’ lives.
Oh no, not
us!I must be kidding!What am I thinking!We are not the problem!It’s not our fault!It’s the refugees fault!How dare they be born in countries prone to
Christians, compassion!We need to see
more of this in our dealings with the rest of the world.Do you actually think that us progressive-thinking
people don’t have better things to do than pull the rest of your sorry asses
away from the precipice ofdisaster?Newsflash:we do have better things we want to do with
I will pause
now to slap myself in the forehead.Ouch! Okay, I’ve done that
annnnnnd…I see people are still acting stupid.
movement away from unity and into isolationism all over the globe is
alarming.It appears that the United
Kingdom leaving the European Union is just the first chapter of what promises
to be a book of catastrophes.Already
the heads of the current British leadership have rolled, and markets are
to 401k’s everywhere!
And we were
so close to moving forward!
quote Fields, “Drat!”
spirit in mind, we will post a call for unity and togetherness.Maybe it will do some good.
Warrior Queen philosophically noted this morning, “And the world keeps
for reading.And, oh yes, please have a
The annual tribute
to those who indirectly give us life has come and, as I am writing this, nearly
gone. I don’t want to denigrate any observances.Lord knows, men in western culture work very
hard day in and day out for years all the while teaching their children the
value of a strong work ethic.
And how do
those children repay his efforts?Well,
for a few years he most likely receives cardboard ties that the tykes made for
an art project at the insistence of their school teachers.Of course, kiddies, this was years before the
Internet and Amazon.com were invented.Why
get elbow deep in an arts and crafts project when you can right click a website
Again I say
I am not trying to take the wind out of this annual tribute to Dad.It is just that, for me, the holiday is bittersweet
since my father is no longer a phone call away. I can only
celebrate Father’s Day with memories now.One of those memories is Dad instilling in me the thought that, “if you
can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”Most times I succeed, but many times it can
be a challenge.
endorsement of this philosophy precludes me from pursuing a career in politics, at least for this year.Can anybody on
the campaign trail say anything nice about anything or anyone?That does not seem to be possible among any of
the candidates this year.
politics, let me throw in my two cents.Some months ago, there was a tendency among some liberals to compare
Donald Trump to Hitler.I never thought
much of this idea even as I consider myself to be a just slightly left of
center liberal.For one thing, the
comparison would only embolden the neo-Nazis lurking among us in this
country.For another, any comparison of
Hitler to the presumptive Republican nominee for President would not be fair to
Hitler.And seriously, who wants to be
fair to Hitler?
much for not saying anything at all.Sorry, dad, but I tried! Sometimes being polite and satirical writing
just don’t mix.
was the bit of fatherly advice which I believe was passed down from his father,
“Don’t date a girl from your hometown.”This is one bit of advice which I had no problem following.It’s not that I could not find any desirable date
in my own town, but rather (I suspected) some sort of mass conspiracy on the
part of the opposite sex.For all I know
every father on the east coast advised their daughters never date anyone named
Warrior Queen never got that memo or (if she did) she chose to ignore it.
So I have
remembered my father today, and in fact I still think about him every day.A Libra like me, he never gave himself
enough credit for what he did accomplish in life.He was very sensitive about not completing
high school, dropping out to find work when his father had to retire due to an
on-the-job injury.He would get a high
school equivalent diploma years later, but I got the feeling that he still felt
inferior to his peers.
Yet he did
do well, I think.He taught a good set
of values to my brother and I, worked hard all his life, and, oh yes,
occasionally give us some good advice.
for reading.Here’s hoping all fathers
had a great Father’s Day this year!)
Moi: Yes, I
am Todd, a searcher for a simple household item; I doth grace your business with my
Moi:Yea, I have traveled far through the back
roads near Philadelphia, through mud, through muck in my quest.I have encountered the midget intellectual
trolls in GOP, hacked and slayed my way through their numbers, even as they bit
and nibbled at my knee caps.
Moi:Aye, annoying little buggers! Then I stumbled
into the land of Trumpiana, where the natives are narcissistic, constantly
checking their appearances, yet seemingly unaware that they had feces spewing
from their mouths.I sneered, I laughed,
and I laid their arguments to waste.
Moi: Then I
beheld my greatest foe: the masses with an ignorance so overwhelming, so…so unbelievably YUUUUUGE, that I nearly broke down and wept.How, I asked myself, could such stupidity for the issues be allowed to take
root and grow?I paused for a moment, in my Don Quixotic sojourn,
to reflect on this utter lack of intelligence in the land.
Moi:Aye, that would be my best guess.So I soldiered on, passing among them with my
head held high, even as my hopes for a progressive society crashed and burned
in the depths of my soul.It is now
that I find myself here, in front of you requesting a pack of…vacuum cleaner
Vacuum cleaner bags?
Clerk:Let me check in the back, sir.
Python sketch pause later.)
Clerk:I’m sorry, sir.We’re all out.They’re getting harder to find.
Moi: Yes, so
I’m finding out.I dare say they are as
scarce as intelligence in the American electorate.No matter.Please don’t take my next action as personal, but I must have
satisfaction and you have not fulfilled my request.
And with a
quick flick of my wrist and a press of my DELETE button, the sales clerk was no
for reading.Seriously does any brick
and mortar entity carry Style A vacuum cleaner bags?)
been a big boxing fan.I am also rather
ambivalent to poetry.Yes, I can
appreciate it, but the moment has to be right.Otherwise I couldn’t be bothered.That said I did not believe there was very much for me to have appreciated
Muhammed Ali’s accomplishments over the years.
his death last week, we can all take stock of his life and mourn his passing
for what I now know is truly a magnificent loss for humanity.
I’m not an
expert at the sport he rose to prominence.I’ll let the sportscasters and columnists praise his technical skills in
the ring, while I can only nod in agreement.I’ll take their word for it, whatever.
His use of
poetry may have come off as acts of arrogance, but it was a genius move.Ali used the rhyming couplets to boost his
stature, promote an event, and elevate the sport to the realm of entertainment
for the masses beyond its core audience of cigar chomping men in rolled up long
sleeves.Even if you weren’t a fan, you
could not miss his occasional performances in the spotlight in and outside of
His years as
a boxer took up perhaps half his lifetime.The other half outside the ring were spent quietly promoting civil
rights and justice for all.
height of his boxing career, the then Cassius Clay came under the influence of
Malcolm X, and converted to Islam.He
joined the Nation of Islam and adopted its racist attitudes towards the white
society at large.Eventually he, like
Malcolm X, became disenchanted with the Nation (the Southern Poverty Law Center
still lists the NOI as a hate group) and distanced himself from his earlier
stance.He did not convert back from
Islam, instead embracing its principles to promote civil rights for all.
important to note at a time when a man who has vowed to keep a group out of the
country because of their beliefs is poised to become leader of the free
world.Did anyone notice this idea: There
are no reports that Ali participated in any acts of violence outside the
ring.In this way he seemed to blend in
with the other Muslims in America; quietly going about their lives to prosper
for themselves and their children.He
did not seek to destroy the lives of others in the name of Islam.Take note fellow Americans; we should NOT allow
the actions of a comparatively small minority influence our actions to the 1.5
billion adherents of a major world religion.
passing at this point is therefore all the more tragic for humanity.We need his voice now more than ever.Yes, he could be cocky and arrogant, actions
which lead me to turn away, but I understand why he spoke the way he did.He spoke for a race that has long been abused
by the majority establishment.
would jab and punch with speed and fury,but his voice would speak softly with eloquence.He could, as his most quoted couplet went,
“float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.”He could rise above the ferocity of everyday conflict, yet make his mark
on humanity with a bite that was not rooted in hatred.
This will be
a short PSA to anyone out there like me who is appalled at the rise in
popularity of that thing that is the presumptive Republican nominee.There have been too many instances lately
where liberals are acting negatively to those who support the thing.Too many of my fellow forward-thinking
citizens have lowered themselves to the depths of public behavior in which the thing’s
supporters previously engaged, i.e., random acts of aggression.
better than this, liberals!Therefore,
please allow me to make the following suggestions when encountering a thing
temptation to punch, kick, jab, snarl at, and throw objects or any other act
which could be interpreted as violence towards a thing supporter.Acts of aggression are counter-productive and
can be used as a public relations weapon against us.
suggestion #1: Of course, defend yourself if the thing supporter punches, kicks,
jabs etc., first.Let their side
take the hit in the national media venues.
patiently to their twisted points of view.
DOsmile, walk away, and repeat this mantra,
“There but for the grace of God go I.”
If the worst
case scenario happens, and this sniveling, whiny excuse of humanity is elected,
then we should look on the bright side.We’ll have four years to take our message to the streets.