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Frustration

I’m left one again shutting down my social and political commentary posts, for much the same reasons as before. Nobody wants to move past their petty biases, and they only want stuff that feeds their confirmation bias.

In the meantime, the political and economic powers that be are laughing their rears off because they’re leading everyone around by the nose and turning them against each other. Extremism and group think are the new normal, even among people who CLAIM to be individualists and free thinkers. I laugh at the wild, off the wall conspiracy theories like reptilian aliens and devil worshiping cults among the leadership. It’s never taken anywhere near that much for them to keep winning.

All it’s taken is divide and conquer.

Case and point; COVID-19. All I hear is “stupid sheep wearing masks” or “you’re all trying to kill us!”. I’ve had to drop a few followed blogs just because I got sick of the toxic bullshit on the subject. If I were the Illuminatti, however real they may be, this is a dream win-win scenario. Ignore the virus, people die and I get my thinned population and get tighter controls on the survivors to protect them.

Flip the coin, and everybody plays sheep, and I’ve programmed the population to be good little robots. Either way, I win. Nobody wants to look at all the facts and see that this virus IS dangerous, even sometimes to people without pre-existing conditions, BUT it’s nowhere near the black plague nor will it end humanity. All it takes is some common sense and a middle of the road approach to dealing with it. Nah, let’s just call the mask wearers or mask free people jackasses instead.

I’m BEYOND sick and tired of hearing how all of “THAT” group is evil also. Doesn’t matter if it’s blacks, whites, dems, pubs, Christians, Muslims, those EVIL (note dripping sarcasm here) Jews, men, women… whatever!

When I hear that kind of crap, all I hear is a robot programmed by the divide and conquer crowd to help keep people fighting while that same power elite tightens it’s hold and screws us all.

Think I’m making it up? Take a look at the level of contributions to both political parties, and how much Amazon’s market share (and stock price) have jumped since the the COVID outbreak and race riots have started.

Y’all want to kill each other while they laugh at you, knock yourselves out. I’m over it.

Galatians 4:16 – Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?

NO, I’m not entertaining comments either.

Attacks on Religion are Getting Old

No, I’m not going to be advocating for any religion; this one is a rant about having respect for others’ beliefs.

It was prompted by a blog post I saw recently with a little parable about how spiritual people were superior to religious ones because spiritual people have never killed anyone in the name of their god (or gods).

I’ve seen faulty analysis like this for years, along with imagined intellectual superiority by atheists; mocking people for believing in any sort of higher power. The irony here is that I’d consider myself more spiritual than religious. HOWEVER, I do strongly believe in respecting others’ beliefs and opinions, at least in as much as they’re willing to show the same level of tolerance.

Before I really get going, let me first state that I know the people I’m going to complain about are NOT indicative or reflective of the entire groups they represent. They are, however, the most vocal minority within each of these groups.

The Faulty Logic:

Let’s start with the easiest point to dispute. I’ve heard everybody from atheists, to spiritual people, to western wannabe Buddhists and Neo-pagans / Wiccans talk about the evils of organized religion, and how they persecute and kill anyone who disagrees with them.

The most obvious point is one that seems to fly over the heads of everybody nowadays, be it political debate, social issues or this topic: Hypocrisy.

How does one blanket condemn entire groups of people for something and then presume to hold themself up as more enlightened and morally superior? At best, that’s the same sort of tribalism that’s being condemned. If one wants to prove the superiority of their path, the only TRUE way to do is by elevating their own thinking and actions, NOT by tearing down those of others. Yes, that goes for you religious folks too.

Reality is, NO group is perfect. Zero… NONE.

I’ve seen “spiritual” people lie, cheat, steal, use and abuse people, etc… Many of the global elites who have started more recent wars have described themselves as “spiritual” also. They do evil in the name of their own selfish, petty desires, which, ironically can be argued to be their gods in some cases.

Eastern religions are NOT pacifist either. Some of the most brutal, effective and battlefield tested martial arts come from their teachings. Shaolin monks were some of the greatest warriors in China and often conscripted by the Emperor as troops. That’s the past, and they’re evolving you say? True, but the same is true of all belief structures.

Atheists; well communists are the largest block of atheists. “Religion is the opiate of the masses” – Marx. Do I *REALLY* have to get into how many people that Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot massacred in the name of their better world?

I’ve seen “enlightened” Wiccans lecture others about karma and then freely throw literal curses over the slightest offense. Many of the loudest critics of how they’re perceived and treated by religious people, at least that I’ve met, have been pretty blindly prejudiced against religious folks themselves. They also forget the shoe used to be on the other foot with pagans enslaving, murdering and persecuting Christians, Jews and Muslims, and even each other.

It’s In The Past, and Sometimes Distorted:

It’s a bitter irony of modern times that nobody wants to be held accountable for their current actions, yet they’re quick to condemn others for actions in the far past.

Slavery and religious wars are two great examples of this on a macro level.

Politicians are quick to invoke God to try to lend themselves an aura of righteousness where none typically exists, but a true “holy war” probably hasn’t been fought since the crusades.

Speaking of the Crusades… This is a prime example of distorted history. The Crusades were not wars of aggression by Christians. They were wars to take back lands from invading Muslims, who had made it as far as Spain before being driven back to the Middle East.

No, I’m not condemning Muslims either. It was a different time, and I believe the wars were fought just as much over land and limited resources as they were ideology. The “different time” thing is the biggest factor here however. If you want to be judged by your own actions and NOT those of an ancestor, or somebody loosely connected to your past, then extend that same right to others.

Another historical distortion; the Salem Witch Trails. They went on for almost a year. Only 20 actually died directly from trials though. Another 5 died as an indirect result, and five more are questionable. The trials were about greedy people going after neighbor’s lands, other petty revenge schemes, and bratty girls looking for attention, more than they were about religion.

An Ugly Unspoken Truth:

Here’s another reality that just about everyone has seen if they’re willing to be honest:

Many, but not all, of the biggest critics of religion simply just want to be able to run amok as they see fit and not be told there are any consequences to their actions, nor any values they should adhere to.

These same people would freely complain about how corrupt capitalism has become (as an example) while fighting to remove any sort of moral or religious teachings from society.

How many of you know that for ages the Catholic church considered the charging of (financial) interest to be a serious sin for example? If that single idea were in place, would we have mega-corporations and evil giant banks controlling economies? Unfortunately, that idea went out the door about the time of the Protestant reformation.

My points here being that not all change is good, and that organized religion has had good and bad points or moments. ANY organization made up of humans does.

As a final point before wrapping up… Every religion and philosophy this side of satanism and pure hedonism has some form of a “code of conduct” along the lines of the 10 commandments. I really doubt anyone can make a rational argument how guidelines against lying, stealing, murdering, etc… make society worse. One can split hairs like The Pharisees all day about when bending the truth is OK, but as a general rule, any sane person is going to agree that lying is bad.

Likewise, just because people fail to live up to the ideal does NOT make the ideal wrong. It means we need to strive harder, and help each other along towards it, even if we all never fully achieve it. That’s what an ideal is all about.

Instead, we try to tear down each other’s ideals and step on our fellow human being in order to give ourselves an imagined boost up. That’s what inspired this rant in the first place.

Wrapping It Up:

None of the above is to say religion is perfect or has done everything right. As I said earlier, no system run by human beings is going to be. All of the above criticisms can be applied to a small but overly vocal minority of Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc… as well as spiritual people, atheists and such.

If you want people to change, you have to lead them by example though. Beating somebody down physically or verbally doesn’t make you correct, it just makes you a bully. Seek understanding and lead by example instead. Show them by example how your ideas are better instead of insulting and telling them they’re inferior.

Treat others the way you want to be treated. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

If your ideas truly are better, they’ll naturally catch on without you having to beat down others to promote them.

My Disgust With the Media Continues to Skyrocket

Finally having more time to turn my attention back to current events, I’ve become more and more disgusted as I see a constant stream of lies and half truths from the media. Everything from stupid shit there’s no reason to even spin, to lies on major news events.

Let’s lead into this rant with something light: The Wall Street Journal ran a piece saying that truck drivers are feeling isolated with no places to stop to eat, use the restroom, shower, etc… There were some other issues raised that were likely very legitimate, such as falling prices paid by shippers, etc…

I just got done driving the length of California, through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee though. Damned near coast to coast. I stopped frequently also due to the RV’s carbon monoxide leak and horrific gas mileage. We stopped at truck stops almost exclusively due to better services too. EVERY truck stop had an open restaurant, restrooms and showers. We even used the showers at one facility in Arkansas. There’s NO grey area here. The story is BLATANTLY lying about this situation. The only question is WHY? Just for ratings? In hopes of drumming up more fear about COVID-19?

On a more serious note, I saw another WSJ story that implied Attorney General Barr was dropping the ball on the George Floyd case as he had previously done on the Rodney King case. The only trouble here is that it was the Feds (AKA Barr) that got civil rights convictions on those dirty cops after local prosecutors had failed to get criminal convictions for “assault under color of authority”. As it is, the local and federal investigations and prosecutions in the Floyd case have barely even begun. How about we give justice a chance to start to work before we make STUPID judgments?

I had been operating under the misguided assumption that the WSJ was one of the few remaining unbiased, reputable media sources out there.

Then you have the Minneapolis mayor blaming “white supremacists” for all the damage and looting during protests. Why the hell is not ONE media source calling bullshit on this guy and challenging his city’s unwillingness to follow through on reforms after similar past incidents? Why is nobody doing an in-depth report on Minneapolis using it’s police force largely as a revenue collection tool, and focusing those efforts on the city’s poor of all races?

More importantly why doesn’t the media care about their spreading lies like this contributing to the violence and destruction? The modern media reminds me of the sick kid in school that always used to run around spreading lies to provoke fights and feuds between other students.

Even on the local front, we have the “news media” more intent on stirring up drama to create news instead of reporting on it. Two different stories from two different sources on the EXACT SAME event:

The Murfreesboro Post reported that the protesters gathering at the city square for George Floyd were all “Southern nationalists and white supremacists”, and peaceful counter-protesters would be gathering elsewhere at a park.

U.S.A Today, hardly a right leaning paper by any means, reported that the downtown protest was going to peaceful and FOR George Floyd.

Same story, who’s telling the truth? Better yet, how are we supposed to trust ANY of them when they lie this much? By the way, want to know what the actual truth was here?

There’s your “white supremacist” protestor shaking hands with cops. Damned funny looking Klan robes…

For the record… I FULLY support peaceful protests, and they are certainly called for in this situation. I also fully support stomping a mud hole in ANY protester that turns violent. I don’t care if they’re a white racist trying to stir up trouble, or a just plain punk or any race. The rest of the crowd should turn on them, NOT follow them.

If silence is complicity in the case of the initial crime, it is with the mob following the trouble makers as well.

Luckily things stayed largely peaceful here.

People of all races praying for peace and justice. There’s the truth.

The closest thing we got to a “Klan rally” downtown was a couple of peaceful protestors that showed up in support of law enforcement in general and against looting:

Note EXACTLY what the sign says also.

  1. Rioting is NOT Protesting
  2. Crime is not Justice
  3. Not ALL Cops are Bad.

What the guy is protesting is half of downtown Nashville being burned and vandalized the night before, and Minneapolis practically in ruins. Do I think this is the time or spot to try to make those points? Not really. At the very least he should have had a sign directly and clearly advocating peaceful protest.

Nowhere does he say that George Floyd deserved what he got. I’d be all for a Pinata Party right there if he had. None the less the news had to put their biased spin on it. Here’s the blurb that accompanied that picture:

Hunter Culling of Murfreesboro holds up a sign in front of police officers during demonstrations in Murfreesboro Public Square in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Sunday, May 31, 2020 in reaction to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after being pinned down by a white Minneapolis police officer on Memorial Day. HELEN COMER / DNJ

In reaction to the death of George Floyd, NOT in reaction to the looting despite the sign saying so.

I’d ask if they were too ignorant to understand the difference, but they know. It’s a deliberate effort to divide people and create conflict. If the news truly cared about change and civil rights, they’d be promoting communication and unified peaceful effort.

After reporters had been stirring them up for hours, the crowd finally did start to get unruly near sundown too. Police ordered them to disperse and had to use tear gas to get some of them to do so. Afterwards a curfew was put into effect to prevent things from turning into what happened in Nashville.

I’m REALLY at the point of thinking we need some sort of regulation or oversight of the media. On the simplest level, such an idea SHOULD be utterly abhorrent. Yet reality is that civil liberties of all types are based on the concept that they will be used responsibly with regard to their impact on others. The oft cited “Freedom of Speech doesn’t give one the right to yell “FIRE” in a crowded theater” for example.

How we do that when we likely can’t trust any oversight group to be unbiased either, I have NO idea.

I used to think lawyers were the great evil in our society. Nowadays, I think it’s the press.

Hey, Big Government and Lockdown Fans!!!

Yep, I’m calling you out. No attacks though. I want to try to get through to you and show how you’re being manipulated and used by would be dictators in BOTH parties.

Kevin Sorbo put this best, so I’m going to borrow part of a post from Laura Venturini’s “It’s NOT for Your Own Good” post yesterday.

Everybody please WAKE UP!!

When the State tells you it’s safe to go to Home Depot to buy a sponge but dangerous to go and buy a flower and when the State shuts down millions of private businesses but doesn’t lay off a single government employee, it’s not about your health.

When the State prevents you from buying cucumber seeds because it’s dangerous, but allows in person lottery ticket sales and When the State tells you it’s dangerous to go golf or fish alone but they can get make up and hair done for 5 TV appearances, it’s not about your health.

When the state puts you IN jail for walking in a park with your child because it’s too dangerous but let’s criminals OUT of jail for their health and when the state tells you it’s dangerous to get treated by a doctor yet says a liquor stores essential it’s not about your health!

When the State lets you go to the grocery store or hardware store but is demanding mail-in voting, ITS NOT ABOUT YOUR HEALTH.

WAKE UP PEOPLE — If you think this is all about your health you’re mistaken! Please open your eyes! Stop being lead like blind sheep.

Kevin Sorbo on Twitter

What some of you are creating, with your blind acceptance of everything the government tells you, is the pathway to a complete dictatorship.

The virus is real. Despite what the lamestream media is telling you, the vast majority of us on the other side accept that fact. We also accept it’s dangerous. We simply believe that social distancing, common sense and perhaps some masks and gloves are enough.

We also do NOT believe in throwing away the freedoms that people have fought and died for since the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. The security you’re offered in an illusion. Only chains await you and your children and your children’s children… All for the FALSE hope that the government will protect you from everything, including nature.

It took over 800 years to get personal freedom and civil rights to the point they’re at now. Before then, people were bound to the land, did what the gvernment told them, and lived or died at the whim of that same government.

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely

It’s a story that been told since the dawn of civilization. Shakespeare wrote about it in “The Winter’s Tale” and it’s been retold dozens of times. Even in comic books. Despots always either have noble intentions or fake them very well, but their actions always end up the same.

Take the case of “Injustice” in DC Comic Books. An alternate reality where Lois Lane was killed by Joker, and SUPERMAN of all people went off the deep end and became a fascistic dictator. Criminals and anyone he disagreed with were killed without a second thought… All “for the greater good”. Is THIS what you want?

This is how he later rationalized it all to his own cousin:

Sounds an awful lot like some of those folks who say they have everybody’s best interest at heart, BUT label anyone who questions them as dangerous, conspiracy nuts, fascists, selfish to the point of threatening not just others but civilization itself now, etc… doesn’t it?

Anybody see the irony and hypocrisy there yet? The violence doesn’t stop, it’s just aimed at people who disagree. How many times have you heard climate change deniers have no right to speak, or should be jailed? That they’re all just out to destroy the planet that we ALL live on? easier than finding out if they just question SOME of the facts and think there might be a better option to reach the same result right?

“You’ll either make the right choice, or I’ll make it for you…” Is that what you want for your family and friends? Technology isn’t TOO far from THAT point… Give it a decade.

Comic books have a knack for the grandiose and dramatic. Take away all the metahuman stuff and it’s REALLY not so different from what we’re facing now.

Think about it.

I Want People Caned and Flogged!

Yes, I’m serious, and no this isn’t some bondage post, LOL. It’s Tuesday Trash and I need to vent a little instead of continuing to play cheerleader. There’s numerous stories out there of people rising to the occasion with this virus. There’s also alot of selfishness and stupidity on a level that really makes me wonder if the new world order folks aren’t right about needing to thin the population. I won’t go THAT far, but some people really do need public beatings. Who?

PROFITEERS:

Right at the top of my list. I’m VERY pro-capitalism. When it’s guided by a moral compass and common sense, it’s done more to lift people out of poverty than any other economic system out there. PREDATORY capitalism like buying a store full of toilet paper or hand sanitizer so you can scalp it at three times the price or more to people suffering through a pandemic…

These people need to be tied to a post and be caned in public, then put in stocks while the crowd is allowed to throw garbage at them.

I’d put commodities traders in this group also, since this is essentially how they make money all the time. THAT is another post for Solutions Saturday on fixing capitalism though.

PEOPLE COUGHING ON PRODUCE AT STORES:

A prime example of why the gene pool could do with some thinning. I’ve heard multiple stories here the last few weeks. The first I believe was a couple of teens in Virginia coughing on a grocery store’s produce and uploading the video of it to social media. One more recent example is a Pennsylvania woman who similarly forced a grocery store to throw out $35,000 in produce after coughing all over it as a prank.

At last report, she was being charged with making terroristic threats and other offenses. That’s the least of what should happen to her. She’s depriving people of food in a time of shortages. Since she’s spreading fear and contributing to destabilizing the community, I’d have outright charged her with domestic terrorism.

POLITICAL OPPORTUNISTS:

I’m throwing in politicians, pundants, special interest groups and the media here. Every time I turn around I see somebody spreading lies, misinformation, twisted statistics in an effort to gain personal power. After the 9/11 attacks, the country set aside political differences and came together to deal with the situation. Any disagreements (at least initially) were stated as “I think this is a better option” instead of “The administration is completely incompetent and has blood on it’s hands”.

Bernie Sanders is now out of the race, but his statements about COIVD-19 will kill more than World War One were completely unsubstantiated by any sort of facts, irresponsible and made solely for the purpose of gaining ground on opponents in the primary and general elections.

I’ve said before I do NOT like defending Trump. I hate his personality. Still when I see the news hammering that he’s done nothing to resolve this crisis, I want to scream.

Everybody is REALLY quick to forget that he ordered travel restrictions to and from China back on January 31st. TWO MONTHS AGO. Back then, the Trump Derangement Syndrome media called him racist, xenophobic, hateful, and accused him of trying to destroy the economy via the ban’s supposed effect on imports.

He did the same with Europe and was met with similar cries of racism and xenophobia. He’s been hammered for things that the government has very limited control over such as the production of masks and ventilators. This is (used to be) a free country where private business controls it’s own means of production. Businesses are stepping up and starting to make supplies in record numbers too. Sometimes for free!

Getting back on point though, if you listen to the news, there’s NOTHING Trump or other foreign leaders can do right at all. Most of this criticism is coming from people who are politically opposed to these leaders and would do ANYTHING to bring them down. They care nothing about the damage they’re doing to their countries, only gaining power.

INCOMPETENT BUREAUCRATS:

A special sub-category of the last group. I’m talking about people and agencies that have tried to cover up their own incompetence or cash in on this to grow their own influence. I’m developing a special hate for Anthony Fauci at this point. The man is shamelessly making the rounds on any media outlet that will have him spreading all manner of fear. Everything from this potentially being as bad as the 1918 Spanish Flu to it being a seasonal thing that the world will have to adjust to occurring every year.

Even a basic understanding of diseases shows that last one is complete BS and fear-mongering. The reason that the Spanish Flu and 2010 Swine Flu don’t make the news anymore is that viruses tend to devolve over time. The worst strains of a virus kill off their hosts and thus die out, and the remainder of a virus may survive, but people develop antibodies to it.

On the flip side, there’s the CDC feeding the White House bad information at first, and the WHO helping China cover up the true extent of it’s epidemic, thus slowing response to the disease. These agencies are tasked with fighting epidemics, not helping spread them!!!

Similarly there’s the US Surgeon General going on TV a while back and telling people not to wear masks, they don’t help. That was apparently to cover up the administration knowing there was a shortage of masks and wanting to save them for health care workers. The only real question here was who above and below him was responsible for the idea to promote this misinformation? Probably some of his underlings and peers in the President’s Cabinet. I won’t rule out Trump himself. When the man screws up, I’m more than happy to say so.

Tucker Carlson had it right here: At this point, the government, all of it, has a credibility problem. People know when they’re being lied to. They also see the widely varying predictions and advice. If the government wants it’s response taken seriously, it has to shoot straight with the public.

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6145894012001#sp=show-clips

He had it right. “Trust is critical”. BTW, the actual commentary starts at the 1:54 mark on that video. Before that is a recap of the measures being taken in New York City.

OK, end of rant.


Let the beatings begin.