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So I’m an Olympics watcher.  I must admit that while women’s beach volley ball is on I find something else to do with my time.  When basketball is on I switch to a different channel and just check in to see when it’s over.  This year I’ve used the DVR to fast forward through a lot of stuff the just doesn’t interest me.  You know the same people from the same countries getting medals ……..again.

While I don’t begrudge the winners or their countries the accolades that’s not why I watch the Olympics and it’s getting harder every 4 years to find someone or some sport to care about.  I want to see stories like the one about the Irish gymnast who came back from several injuries just to participate in the games.  Was his routine flawless, would he get a medal? No, it was just his moment to shine.  He was living proof that if you want something bad enough you can make it happen.

Then there’s the Malaysian lady who’s 8 month pregnant and in one of the shooting competitions.  The runner with no legs that they finally allowed to compete.  There are countries with one or two athletes who will never see prime time exposure.

While I understand we want to see the athletes of our country do well, the US has over 400 people competing at the games.  There are sports we never see, rowing, sailing, shooting, equestrian events, cycling, and the list goes on and on.  I for one am sick to death of volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball and gymnastics.

One last thought.  Gymnastics provided last night a shining example why I don’t watch it or figure skating in the Olympics anymore.  I just happened to be in the room when this went down so I was kind of stuck until I finally went to bed.  The Japanese man working the pommel horse dang near fell on his head doing the dismount.  That put them in 4th place with Britain getting the Silver and Ukraine receiving the bronze.  But no the Japanese protested. He wasn’t falling he was doing a hand stand  and the score should have been higher.   The sad truth is we all saw it, they replayed it several times because the athlete from Japan was supposed to be perfection in and of himself. Of course the judges knuckled under.  So Britain, the host country got bumped to bronze ( the first team medal in a century and one of the few gymnastic medals as well.) Although if you watch the interchange in the very beginning the Japanese coach has what looks to be money in his hand but I’m sure that’s just a coincidence. No one would really think that could happen in the Olympic Games.

If I cared about the sport of gymnastics I’d be making a formal complaint but I don’t, it’s all about politics within the sport just like Ice Skating. Which is why I’d rather watch curling, shooting or pingpong.  At least in those sports you have to actually perform to the best of your ability. At least it will be that way until someone finds a way to sponsor it, make it sexy or otherwise debase it.  It’s what we do.

Update: I mistakenly named Lithuania as the team bumped from the Bronze, my bad it was Ukraine.  So sorry.

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Today 12 people died, their crime?  They went to a midnight showing of Batman.

ABC Brian Ross couldn’t help himself. He was almost gleeful when he could tell George Stephanopolis that James Holmes was a member of a Colorado Tea Party organization.  Of course it was the wrong Jim Holmes.  Mr Homes was a 50 something ex law enforcement officer.  The shooter is a 24 year old ex-PhD student from San Diego, but that didn’t fit the narrative.

The shooter who by all intents and purposes is a loon told the police that he’s the Joker. He booby trapped his apartment with incendiary and chemical traps.  He is a certifiable lunatic.  How would those on the left feel if someone on one of the daily morning shows had come out and said that this guy, James Holmes was a member of the Sierra Club or Greenpeace or Acorn and inferred that because he was a member of that organization everyone in the organization was suspect?  Where were the calls not to rush to judgement as we saw in the Ft. Hood shooting?

Why do we even have to go there?  What earthly use can there be,  to speculate on why someone would perform such a heinous act?  Why is it necessary for us to assign blame before the blood is even dry? Why can we not wait until we know the facts before making a statement of condemnation ?

Because we are lazy, we are impatient and most of all we are arrogant.  We know what is in someone’s mind before they even think it.  We know what a group of people will do because that is what they always do.  Unfortunately for all of us, there are so many people who reinforce stereotypes, that it is increasingly hard to keep an objective view.

In the end though, stupid is still stupid, evil is still evil and tragedy is still tragedy.

12 people died today and there were many who never even paused before they began pointing fingers.  We should be ashamed.

 

Sorry one quick word. A video on Fox asked “Where was God?” during the tragedy.  Where was He?  The same place He always is.  We walked away from Him, He hasn’t gone anywhere.  Amazing isn’t it that when things are good God’s not important.  He can be tossed out of schools and city halls, atheist groups chastise government employees for admitting that they pray for rain (or anything else they might need) but let there be a tragedy and God had better show up or we want to know “where he was.” We are amazing.  Our hubris knows no bounds.

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Today our local newspaper printed an AP story about Romney addressing the NAACP.  There was quite the controversy  about that.  Some people opined that Romney and his Mormon faith were too “white” to speak at a black event.  Of course that’s not racist at all, move along, nothing to see here.

But Mr. Romney went anyway.  He knows he’s not going to change many minds there.  He knows that 95% of blacks voted for Obama and probably will again.  Romney also knows that the president of the United States is the president of everyone in those states, not just the members of his party, his religion, his ideology or his supporters.  So he went.

According to our local paper Mr. Romney was not well received.  They booed him because of his promise to defeat Obamacare once elected president.  They murmured and whispered and were agitated just by his being in attendance. What it didn’t tell us was that Romney was cheered by the crowd for his defense of traditional marriage.  That of course was not important enough to be put in the article mostly because it doesn’t fit the authors agenda.  Blacks can’t be against gay marriage, that would be intolerant and we all know that minorities aren’t intolerant.  It’s just we old white guys, we bitter clingers, we breeders that are hate filled, racist and intolerant.

This is why newspapers are dying.  This is why when I look down the street where almost every house had a newspaper on their driveway 20 years ago, there is barely one to be seen. Not because people are too busy, not because they’d rather read it on line, but because they don’t trust what they read to be the whole truth, without agenda, without ideology, without intolerance for those who think differently than the author/editor/publisher/corporation.

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
Thomas Jefferson

Of course Mr. Jefferson had no idea what the press would become, but then again he distrusted a large federal government.   If he could have seen today he might have suggested we are between a rock and a hard place.  He’d have been right.

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I know there are a few faithful visitors here.  I also know that there are times when I can be somewhat preachy, ok really preachy, but there are just times when things have to be said.

For those who are of the atheist leaning, why does it matter?  Life’s a crap shoot.  You live, you die.  It’s random, right.  No matter how you live, no matter what you eat, drink, or indulge in you’re going to die, randomly.  There is no why or wherefore.  And once you’re dead that’s it.  So fire, flood, ice age, revolution, riot, terrorist attack what real difference does it make.  After it’s over you won’t know anything about it.

Oh but you want the best you can have. You want to realize your potential here ’cause you have no other potential to aspire to.  Nothing to look forward to, no hope, no change just endless nothingness which you won’t know anything about because you won’t exist.  Wow that’s even more depressing than I thought.

I wonder if Stephen Hawking thinks about that and if that is why he’s such a bitter person.  I understand being trapped in a body that doesn’t function with a mind that functions outside the normal perimeters but to have no hope of anything in the future, no afterlife to look forward to, no rest from the suffering must be agonizing.  I feel for him and his brother atheists. How very sad.

On the other hand what about the “believers”.  Those who say they have a hope of an afterlife.  No matter their denomination, do they really believe in “paradise” or whatever their group calls it.  For Christians ( the group I am most familiar with) the question really is how can one live the way they do, ignoring correct principles, throwing God from their schools, government and homes and then expecting things to go as they wish.  How can they expect their political leaders to have the integrity they so often lack in their personal and professional lives.

I have heard people say “oh it’s so hot, why doesn’t God help us” or ‘we need rain, or we need this or that or some other thing’ God is supposed to provide because He “loves us”.  Why SHOULD He help us?  Really.  Ponder that.  Why should God do anything for you as an individual?   What have you done to keep faith with Him?  Where were you last Sunday, golfing, at the mall, at the movies, playing ball, watching a movie whatever the rating, getting drunk, or worse,  the list could go on and on?  The real issue here is why should God care to help the human race?  Why not allow them to destroy themselves in their race to become the ultimate authority and arbiter of life on this planet?  Most people especially in the “developed world”  effectively marginalized Him to the status of myth.

So the next time Al Gore crawls out of the political dung heap throw him a couple of bucks. He and his ilk are your chosen messiahs.  They are able to do as much as God is willing to do for a race of people who malign and deride, ignore and defile Him.

Oh and buy some sun screen, I think we are going to need it. 

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10.

 

Maybe it’s time to awaken and become aware of who and what we are and who and what we’re supposed to be.  Prudent, wouldn’t you think.

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From the gentleman at Infowars comes the following;

“A new study funded by the Department of Homeland Security characterizes Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.

Called Hot Spots of Terrorism and Other Crimes in the United States 1970-2008 produced by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland (a liberal enclave of thought situated within spitting distance of the “Beltway” and in the Peoples Democratic Republic of Maryland). The organization is reported to have been funded to the tune of 12 million dollars thanks to DHS monies.

Apparently THESE are the folks that are a danger to our “American” way of life:

– Americans who believe their “way of life” is under attack;

– Americans who are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”;

– People who consider themselves “anti-global” (presumably those who are wary of the loss of American sovereignty);

– Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”;

– Americans who are “reverent of individual liberty”;

– People who “believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.”

The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center bombing was not mentioned in this report.  (PDF)

So here’s my take on this turn of events.  I have spent the majority of my life working, raising my children, paying taxes, volunteering, going to school, getting a degree, voting and not committing felonies.  What I’ve gotten for that so far is more taxes, less liberty, less representation.  Having been laid off for almost a year my unemployment benefits are gone, my spouse has now been laid off as well.  Thanks to this government and this president our jobs are gone, our savings will soon be gone and as we’re older Americans our next step will be a short walk off the long pier of “death panels”.

Tell me again how I’m a danger to this country.  Tell me how because I and my spouse worked hard, raised our children and obeyed the law that we’re terrorists.  Tell me, please why it is that Occupy Wall Street terrorists and anarchists are the ones who are holding America together.  Tell me, again how the Department of Homeland Security who think its appropriate to feel up grandmothers, intimidate cancer patients and abuse disabled children get to say who’s a greater danger to this country.  Please explain to me, from your Ivy Tower, how less liberty equals more freedom.

In answer to the above statements my reply is:

My way of life is “under attack”.

I am an American, not a member of a Global Community.  My people came here because they didn’t want to live in Europe! They fought in two World Wars because they didn’t want European stupidity to cross the pond. So I’m anti-global and nationalistic, thank you.

Why would I not be suspicious of a central government that passes laws that the majority of citizens oppose, that go out of their way to destroy business and enslave citizens.  Just what exactly am I supposed to support here?  More taxes, more regulation, less liberty, less freedom just so everyone is exactly the same.  Mr and Mrs Obama need to move out of that big house and into a house in Prince George’s county. One with a drug dealing pimp and prostitute on the corner.  Their children need to go to sub par schools and they need to be shopping at the Piggly Wiggly for arugula and pate.

Everybody needs to be the same, let’s do that.  We can all dig ditches for the government one day and fill them in the next.  The same kind of living quarters, public transport, the same food, drink (bread and water-except bread isn’t good for you anymore so I guess it’ll have to be Tofu and water). No TV’s, no smart phones, no computers, no refrigerators, no washers and dryers unless everyone in the country has one and they all need to be exactly the same.  The same clothes, the same food. If by chance you have a talent it must be stifled, not everyone has that same talent and if even one person doesn’t that talent it can’t exist. If this is the direction of the country sign me up for the first space voyage anywhere else.  Whether we fly into a star or suffocate in the void of space makes little difference.  Watch the destruction of the Republic or dying in the silence of a vacuum.  Really not much of a choice.

I’ve done this before ( in different post on this very blog). If I’m such a danger come and get me.  You can find me easy enough, you’re the government.  Spend a couple thousand dollars tracking me down to my house in the suburbs, in fly over country.  Make sure you bring the press too.  I’ll run around the yard like OJ Simpson did in his SUV.  That should make for some breathtaking “reality news” footage, I’m old so the running won’t last long, one or two laps at best. Besides putting me in jail with all the rest of the terrorists will get me three squares, plenty of time to read and it’ll be climate controlled.  Put me in solitary with a deck of card and we have the makings of an awesome time.

I’m am animal, an animal I tell you.  Arghghghjhghjghghghjghghghgh.

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