Opinions, Assholes, Etc.

I am sick of the social-media shouting at itself. I am sick of anybody, right or left, posting images with misattributed quotes or links to articles from online magazines with agendas. I am sick of hearing that Monsanto is evil; the Second Amendment is sacred above all else; gay marriage undermines our entire way of life; Planned Parenthood callously murders children; Trayvon Martin is racist; George Zimmerman is racist; misogyny; misandry; the Supreme Court is a corrupt, activist body for what they did and their decisions should be suspect; the Supreme Court interpreted the Constitution as it should be. I am sick of hearing what the Founding Fathers wanted.  

I am sick of feeling helpless and frustrated. I am sick of slactivism. 

I don’t want to parse the words of public figures. I don’t want to hear what Rush Limbaugh had to say about anything. I don’t want to read what Alec Baldwin had to say about anything. I don’t want to be told why Obama is abusing executive power and running America into the ground; I don’t want to hear about how Gretchen Carlson is suddenly the voice of reason. 

I want to know why, if someone supported blanket surveillance ten years ago, why don’t they support it now? What changed?  

I want to know if the president can really be held responsible for rising gas prices? If so, I want to know how. I want to know if the president can be held responsible for falling gas prices as well. I want to know why the media never seemed to hold the former president responsible for rising gas prices before 2009. Moreover, I want to know if the media really didn’t hold the former president responsible for rising gas prices prior to 2009, or if this observation is biased by my political leanings.  

I want proof. Don’t show me evidence from Mother Jones, or from Americans for Prosperity. Show me their sources. Show me the sources of those sources.  

Before we take to the pulpits and legislate based on spite and focus groups, we need to debate about what the role of government should be. If it’s to create jobs, tell me how. Will tax breaks create jobs? Show me how and if that actually works. Will infrastructure projects create jobs? How will we pay for those? Is government a business? Should it turn a profit? 

Let’s talk about something that matters. Let’s talk about how to fix it. 

Simply Put

I don’t think this is that hard to get: extending humanity, civil rights, economic opportunity, and dignity to a race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexuality does not subtract any of these things from your race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexuality*. Humanity, civil rights, economic opportunity, and dignity are not finite resources. 

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* Unless you believe that your race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or sexuality requires you to deny or ignore others’ humanity, civil rights, economic opportunity, and dignity. If that’s the case, you should neither be accommodated, nor pitied. 

Sofa King

I wish I had a warm, soft sofa that gives me massages, whispers reassuring words when I’m stressed out, carries me around the house, and never forgets to feed me and give me something to drink. 

I want a piece of furniture that treats me the way I treat my cats. 

Spooky Crap

I accidentally locked Newcastle in a storage closet for about an hour the other day. Upon his rescue, he left behind an unraveled roll of toilet paper. This seems like a normal thing for a cat to do, until you realize that there had never been any toilet paper in that closet.