Monday, December 5, 2016

I'm No Liberal

I'm no Liberal, but...

That's how I'm going to start off every political statement I make for the coming year.  Call it a new year's resolution I'm going ahead with.  I don't like publicizing this, because I never considered myself a chronic alcoholic, but I've drank beer almost every day of my life since my twenties except for short periods of a few months here and there.  Around 2005, I went most of a year without beer.  Seldom would you find me drunk.  Beer was, and almost always has been, a steady part of my diet.  I'd catch a nice buzz, and then basically go to sleep.  This stint has been about three months since my last beer, or drink, as alcoholics are prone to say.  I love beer.  I don't love liquor.  Therefore, "my last beer" is my choice of words.  I can't swear off beer at this point as a new year's resolution, and I fully intend to drink beer again.  I'm just taking a year off.  I never want to be known as an abstainer.  So, I will resolve to start off every political statement with "I'm no Liberal, but..." instead!

I'm no Liberal, but... as I've said before, about a month before the election I started saying I was going to vote for Dolly Parton for president.  I was sick and tired of hearing from either of our main two egotistical candidates.  In my opinion, the only difference between them in the EGO category is their politics, and Donald Trump isn't even a politician.  Plus, he until only recently, as a presidential candidate, he was a Clinton supporter.  He's just doing what the party is guiding him to do. That's really a good thing, since he's a bull in a china shop and to let him run around as a renegade without seeking counsel from experienced politicians, then the wall might have already been built and Mexican immigrants would have already dug a tunnel underneath it...

But, the Dolly thing I've been harping about for the last couple of months has a chain of coincidence around it that has continued to develop.  To read it first, click the link below:

Dolly 2020!!! When We See Clearly

Otherwise, a recap is provided in the following passages...

I've always been one to notice what people call coincidence.  Yet, when there is so much strange coincidence, it's hard to call it coincidence.  I've already told people about this chain of "coincidents" and I've posted some of them online.  I even started using the word "coincident", thereby creating a new word since the dictionary I used doesn't include it as a word.  Thankfully, an English major friend of mine told me she makes words up all the time.  I do to.  I know other people probably already use the word "coincident" because it makes sense.  It's one incident that occurs at the same time as another, or in this case maybe not at the same time, but years later, and obnoxiously relevant.  So, if you've already heard about this, forgive me.  I just want to tie the knot in what has transpired from the month before the election to what is now nearly a month after, just three days shy at the time of this posting.  Then, we'll talk about the years...

A co-worker of mine named Colin, recently started working at the Classic Center in Athens, GA in the parking department.  I told him about Dolly Parton and how I was joking about her running for president in 2020.  I told him about the New York Times interview where she was asked who she was going to vote for, when she said she tried not to get political, but that if she did she might as well run for president herself... after all, she said that she had the hair for it (it's big enough) and that they could always use more BOOBS!  I told him how the Hillary people tried to take that as an endorsement and how Dolly quickly Tweeted it was not, reminding them all she said was we could use more BOOBS... I told him about the honorary degree she received from Carson-Newman University for work in creating the Imagination Library that now sends out a million books a month to children here in the USA and abroad...  I told him about the guy at breakfast that morning who had told me about this Imagination Library I had never heard of before... I told him that upon receiving her degree, he said she responded that it was great and that now they could call her Dr. Double D!!!  I told him all of this as I stopped by the Classic Center one night on the way to the bus station which is adjoined to the Classic Center...  And, he was there when I completed my story about Dolly Parton when a girl participating in the Miss Sorority Row contest began singing Jolene, one of Dolly Parton's greatest hits ever!  Thankfully, there are still some people out there willing to listen to street people, and Jolene!

Colin had previously told me his parents were country music fans.  So, when what seemed like just another strange coincident occurring in this string of coincidence happened, I asked him if he knew the song the girl on stage began singing just as I had finished telling him all those things mentioned above.  He said he did, but he didn't know who sang it.  I said, "Colin!  Dolly Parton sings that song!"  He said, "That's weird".  I agreed, and then I left in amazement for this, just another strange "coincident", a word that doesn't exist.  Therefore, it must be my imagination.

Five minutes later, I checked into to Facebook where lo' and behold at the top of my timeline was an article about Dolly's Imagination Library!  I couldn't believe it, but I just accepted it as another strange "coincident", just another one, again, once more...

It was a week or two before I saw Colin again.  I told him about this and again, he said, "That's weird".  Once again, I agreed, but took in stride and said to him, "But, that's not all..."

I continued, as I was leaving the Classic Center, I came across two girls, young women who were leaving the Miss Sorority Row contest.  I asked them who had won.  They didn't know her name, but both of them said, "She's a KD, or Kappa Delta.

Now, I have had the opportunity to meet a few KD's in my time in Athens.  The ones I have met make excellent bartenders, and have served me a few beers over the years!  Thank you to the KD's I have had the pleasure of meeting.  You know I love beer, and you're pretty great too, and I should know because I know a lot of bartenders, I'm telling you!~

But, I digress from the story at hand.  It was the final game of the season this year, just a couple of weeks ago, when Georgia Tech came to town and beat us at home.  Go DAWGS!!!  Nobody expected a National Championship this year, but you're always supposed to beat Tech, even though that's not the case, as we all know.  I didn't even get to watch the game as I was actually working, but I arrived with just thirty seconds remaining to find Georgia Tech going into the end zone to take the lead!  It was controversial, and I never saw the replay clearly enough, but that was that, and it was game over.

Suddenly, a face I recognized from the tv screen appeared on the sidelines interviewing the GA Tech coach.  I couldn't hear a word she was saying because I was in a bar and as soon as the game is over in a bar, the music is immediately turned back on as they often tend to do during commercial breaks even if it's just for a couple of minutes.  People hate commercials, and apparently bartenders hate them so much they turn them off for the two minute break too.  This is a common trait among several bars I have been in during game time.  Bartenders hate commercials!

The face I recognized, but the voice I could not hear belonged to the ESPN reporter Olivia Harlan, who I've seen many times on television for the last few years.  I get all my news feeds via Facebook.  People have laughed at me when I tell them that.  Apparently, they don't get it and think I'm joking, but you can subscribe to any news source you want to on Facebook, even Fake News sources, which since all of it seem biased to me, it's all fake.  So, I don't really understand all the controversy over Fake News, which brings me to this point...

For the life of me, I can't find a single reference to Miss Sorority Row UGA 2016.  All I have is what two attendees told me, "She's a KD".  Is this true?  I still don't know. So, at the time of this posting let it be known that I cannot confirm this as fact, but it doesn't really matter, because do you know who is a KD?  Olivia Harlan is a KD, the ESPN reporter I just mentioned is a KD!  Can you believe that?  Another "strange coincident", right?

I was going to follow her on Facebook.  No, this is not Cyber Stalking as you might immediately think because of your trashy minds.  I get all my news feeds through Facebook, although the one I follow the most is Comedy Central because comedians speak the truth better than any news reporter on the television, though CC tends to be from the left and always slapping the right, I appreciate the semi-objective point of view.  They will usually slap the right, and I realize they are basically an instrument of the left, but since I am non-partisan, and I like to laugh, I tend to watch Comedy Central.  There is plenty to be made fun of on the right anyway.  It's just that there is an equal amount on the left to be made fun of.  If I had a comedy station, I'd slap both of 'em!

Well, while searching out Olivia Harlan and finding out she was a KD, I also found out she attended UGA.  That's even weirder, right Colin?  Just another strange "coincident", I assure you.

If that's not enough, I went to her Facebook page and attempted to FOLLOW her.  Again, I promise you this is not Cyber Stalking, as you may be quick to think.  I'm not denying she's an attractive young woman.  This is not uncommon for KDs.  So, it really came as no surprise that she was a KD.  But, after trying to FOLLOW her, I found there wasn't a FOLLOW button on her page.  This is also not totally uncommon among public figures being that Facebook started without fan pages and many public figures had the same Friend Request option everybody else did.  So, I tried to send her a Friend Request.  For some unknown reason, this crapped out and when I selected the FR option, the system told me the request could not be processed at that time.

Being the BLAHGGER I am, I decided to send her an email to tell her what had happened with all the Dolly stuff.  Coincidentally, I never met a KD that wasn't a Doll, so why not?  I did just that, explaining everything I have just explained to you here, except for this last little bit.

I have yet to confirm the identity of Miss Sorority Row 2016 at UGA, but I did get a reply from them just minutes ago after returning from lunch and to finish this post.  The answer to my question as to who Miss Sorority Row is this year was answered with... "It was".  That's it!  "It was".

Regardless of the name of Miss Sorority Row UGA 2016, I'm assuming from the answer I got that she is indeed a KD, but what does "it was" mean?  It doesn't really matter. I can still complete this post.  Olivia Harlan has yet to reply to my email either, but public figures stay busy and that doesn't really matter either.  I did my part by informing her of what's happening.  The key to all of this is the string of coincidence.  And, that I can sum up with this...

In 2004, I took a selfie.  That selfie, though it is digitally enhanced is one I've always liked.  You could never recognize me from it if you were walking down the street and you walked right passed me, IF we've never met and I have several Facebook friends I've never met.  Olivia Harlan is not one of them.  She's also not my Facebook friend.  But, if my memory serves me correctly, we have met.  It was before she was an ESPN reporter, and not only that, but she served me a beer!  Yes, if I'm not mistaken, she was also a bartender!  Like I said, I know a lot of them (bartenders that is) and though I don't know her, I'm pretty sure that was her.  All I know is she worked at the same place the other KD bartenders worked, and her name was Olivia.  I did not make that judgement on just my memory.  Once I finished sending the email, I again returned to her home page to find that we have some mutual friends... those being KDs...

I could be mistaken, but once again, it DOES NOT matter since the last couple of points I want to make are these.  Number 1, is that I am wearing a pair of glasses in the selfie photo I took 12 years ago.  They were my favorite glasses with yellow lenses.  This is the same photo I have been using for a couple of months now as my profile picture since about the time I started saying I was voting for Dolly Parton.  What's interesting about those glasses is, according to the story, they were made for bikers.  They have the shape of a pair of Wayfarers, but smaller and intentionally so they will fit underneath a bikers helmet, for those that wear helmets.  Other than that, they come in an assortment of colors and are supposedly the same glasses the band ZZ Top sang of in the song Cheap Sunglasses... so the story goes!  The name brand of those sunglasses is... KD's.  Miss Sorority Row 2016 at UGA is a KD!  Or, at least that's the way the story goes!  All these strange "coincidents" in this string of coincidence, yeesh!

Finally, and secondly, it was also around that same time, twelve years ago, I had the first of what have become many dreams about celebrities.  My very first celebrity dream was of none other than... Dolly Parton.  I remember it well.  She only said a few words and I woke up from it thinking to myself, what in the world is she talking about.  All she said, with all of the Tennessee twang she is known for is, "You've got to stop beaming the same signal boy!"  One thing is for sure, this is all NEW to me!  It's just that twelve years ago, I thought I was losing my mind, and today I don't.  Mahalo

Well, I've applied to start an Imagination Library program in Athens, Ga with Dolly's organization.  I just heard back from them too.  I have not heard back from Olivia Harlan either, but I never expected to.  So, that's okay.  But, I have heard back from the Miss Sorority Row people and while Im not sure if I've gotten the answer to my question, the only other thing I have to say at this point is, as "it was",  I'm No Liberal, but...

Dolly 2020!!!

When We See Clearly

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Thank you,



The Original KD's


ZZ Top: Cheap Sunglasses

Friday, November 18, 2016

1st World Problems

My time on the streets of Athens, GA has given me the chance to process a lot of information.  My conclusions come without bias and foundation, and are based upon experience.  The loss of regular media coverage over the last ten years has afforded me an objective point of view.  Though, my objectivity is still limited in that it is a contained experience from just Athens, GA. I will confess that to you up front.  So, my views on "street life" may be different than my conclusions, or the conclusions of those who live on the streets of big cities.  However, I have "walked" the streets of Atlanta, San Francisco, and New York in a completely different role, wearing much nicer clothing and have met street people from those places as well, just in a much more limited capacity.  In other words, I never slept on the streets of those places, or, for that matter in the dust of Ethiopian poverty...

But, it was one Sunday morning I was "walking" the streets of Athens when I came upon this bar that was holding church services.  I've shared this before, but it was spurred on again this morning with the weather turning cold and the challenges of that time, especially for street people.  Regardless of your station in life, and where ever you are... in a small town, or the big city, generally speaking we suffer from first world problems.  It was at this church in the bar, someone spoke that morning complaining about one such 1st World Problem, when she couldn't get a signal for her cell phone.  A friend of hers had to make her realize it, but she did and she shared the fact with the rest of the attendees.

So, this morning after repeating the idea to someone else when something happened, I decided to make a list of other 1st World Problems.  Please share your other ideas too because this is by no means an exhaustive list, just a few I scratched down last night and this morning. 

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you find a seat for the 5 Bar in Athens, GA for the annual Thanksgiving Feast, open to the community!  It is truly a 1st World Problem!

Other 1st World Problems:

1.  Not only is it a major 1st World Problem when you can't get a signal for your cell phone, what is additionally, and equally frustrating is when your cell phone battery dies!!!  This is such a 1st World Problem that people in the third world would think we are from another planet if they witnessed us being upset by this "problem" of a dead cell phone battery!  A dead battery on a car is one thing, but these days, if you can't call AAA too, then you're up the old creek... which is to rely on someone passing by, the old school way of dealing with a dead battery on your car.  These days people are so filled with fear and paranoia, many would just sit there and sulk before asking a "stranger" for help... another 1st World Problem.

2.  Number two, and these aren't in any particular order, but it is especially frustrating when you open your refrigerator and you're out of ketchup!!!  I actually hate ketchup, so that doesn't count for me, but it could be any condiment, whatever it is you're looking for... mustard, or mayo, or the most disappointing thing of all is when there isn't any food!  This is not a problem for street people because they don't have refrigerators, but it is a problem for many who are either out of food stamps, or just don't really plan ahead.  Once again, running out of ketchup doesn't count for me because not only do I hate ketchup, I, being a street person, do not have a refrigerator!  Yet, I do carry condiments with me in just in case.  It's not like being prepared for sex, but eating is the next best thing to sex!  Well, taking a good whiz when you really gotta go is in there somewhere, but I'm not trying to start a debate...

3.  Diet Bagels are definitely a 1st World Problem, especially when you're served diet bagels at the soup kitchen where there are a lot of obese people, but you, yourself don't need to lose any more weight..  It's just that there aren't really that many homeless people at the soup kitchen.  If there were, we'd get seconds every day and probably gain some weight.  So, it's a little frustrating for a real "street person" to be served diet bagels for breakfast when it's all most street people can do to keep their pants pulled up.  Diet bagels have just 110 calories per serving, versus the 300+ calories for a regular bagel.  You know we have real 1st World Problems when the market dictates there is a "need" for diet bagels.  Perhaps, the target market for these bagels are people who live sedentary lifestyles.  If so, couldn't we recommend they exercise so that the homeless people don't feel like they're being told to lose some weight?

4. While were talking about the soup kitchen, and as I've mentioned before, there's a real 1st World Problem with the fact that there just aren't enough parking spaces at the soup kitchen.  Once again, the homeless people are befuddled by this problem.  One day, one regular attendee who is grossly obese left his car running in the parking lot for breakfast.  Someone reported it, but he said not to worry about it.  It wasn't really a matter of being a glutton for oil that was plaguing this guy.  His car battery needed to charge, and that, as I said before, is another 1st World Problem.

5.  Watered down coffee at the shelter is also a 1st World Problem, but that happened once just because the guy that made the coffee is a dumbass and doesn't know how to make coffee!  That's all I have to say about that.

6.  Traffic is definitely a 1st World Problem, but who wants to talk about that either?

7.  Missing the bus is another 1st World Problem.  They don't have buses to take you places in third world countries.  Why would they when they just leave you lying around in the dirt all day hoping you'll get a bowl of rice to eat at some point?  But, missing the bus is a real 1st World Problem and especially in Athens, GA where it's almost always faster to walk to your destination than it is to wait on the next bus.  I've done this a million times and I can see if you're older, or disabled in some way why you'd want to take the bus, but these people who miss the bus will call in late and wait on the next one before exerting themselves too much.  And, then they demand Sunday bus service, when nobody rides the bus anyway, but we pass laws and make policies to accommodate these squeaky wheels... pardon the pun!

8.  This brings up another 1st World Problem where rules don't make any sense.  Someone passes legislation in the "interest" of the community to solve a problem that doesn't even really exist!  Americans, especially our politicians, are really good at that, on both sides of the aisle.  At least it's the Republicans who "create" problems in order to provide solutions.  Liberals just imagine the problems and still "create" solutions... at the tax payers expense, or in the case of the Affordable Care Act, in the form of insurance premiums people can't afford!  This is a big 1st World American Problem since the whole aim of "Obamacare" was to establish universal, or socialized health care for all and instead all we got was another bill to pay!

9.  Back to the coffee, since coffee has become a staple part of my diet of late.  I haven't been drinking alcohol, and the weather has turned cold which have both led to an increase in coffee consumption.  It's another 1st World Problem when you go to a homeless resource center and they DO have coffee, but not creamer.  For some that's not a problem.  They like it black anyway.  But, for me, I prefer a little cream in my coffee.  So, I will sometimes buy my own creamer, like condiments and carry it with me.  However, my bag was getting fuller and I had to stash the creamer somewhere a couple of weeks ago.  That was another 1st World Problem when I couldn't find my personal creamer stash.  The good news is yesterday, I found it.  I don't leave it out in public because after donating 3lbs of coffee to one homeless resource and only getting about two cups out of every pound, I decided I would keep the creamer for myself.  People love them some free stuff and gobble it up Thanksgiving Dinner.

10.  I've learned a lot about human nature in my time on the streets.  I am once again employed, but I'm still staying at the shelter.  That's another 1st World Problem where working people still can't afford a place to live.  There are only a few people who have jobs that stay at the shelter, but something isn't adding up.  Maybe it's the math as a guy reminded me that our math breaks down by the example of a word problem where three guys check into a hotel and pay $30 for a hotel room they were sharing for the night. Later, the manager tells the bell hop to take them five bucks for change as he had over charged them.  The bell hop goes to the room and gives each man $1 back, pocketing two bucks for himself since the bastards didn't tip him on the first trip.  So, if he gives $1 back to each man that means, in their minds, they only paid $27 for the room, or nine dollars each.  Add, the two bucks in the bell hop pocketed and you get a total of $29.  Where's the missing dollar?  This is a real 1st World Problem!!!

11.  What about when your earphones get pulled out of your ears because they get caught on something.  That is one of the most frustrating 1st World Problems of all, isn't it?  Arghhhh!  And, then I have to remember to stay on my lily pad, because it truly is a major 1st World Problem, and it just happened as I'm writing this post!!!

12.  When light bulbs blow out, that is definitely a 1st World Problem.  But, the kicker in it with my experience is that they always seem to blow, right when you need them the most.  It's the same thing with computers.  Right when you're trying to do something you think is important, they crap out on you!  This is really two 1st World Problems in one, because the computer always craps out when the power goes out!  Excluding any typographical errors, the typing and publishing of this less than exhaustive list of 1st World Problems has been a pleasant and coping experience, other than my earplugs just getting pulled out because I caught them on the corner of the desk.  Writing this has helped met to stay on the my lily pad and I hope it does the same for you.  Because, even if it is a figurative goal, to stay on the lily pad, that is the very first of 1st World Problems.  Not so much in the problems we encounter, but in the way we react.  Mahalo

13.  Most frustrating for me, for many years, was a recurring problem I had of kicking the bathroom scale almost every single morning.  I would move it, and somebody else would move it back and I would kick it again with my bear toe the very next morning.  Another major 1st World Problem I remedied by getting rid of the problem.  I lost about 110 lbs after that, almost immediately, but that's because my girlfriend weighed 110 lbs!  She was the real problem.  I kept the scales.  I just put them in another place as I had done many times before, and I never kicked that scale again.  We played traditional roles for a long time.  It was really silly because her heart wasn't really in it.  She kept the place up... kinda.  She even washed the clothes... again, KINDA.  She just wouldn't dry them and then they would mildew.  What was even more ridiculous was how many socks would go missing during this laundry process and since dropping 110 lbs, and I started doing my own laundry again as I always did before anyway, I've never lost another sock!

14.  Finally, one of the biggest 1st World Problems any of us face in the United States of America is VOTING!  And, while I'm sorry, my girl lost the election and she could have been the first female president of the United States, I still voted for Dolly Parton!  For an entire month before the election, I told people I was going to vote for Dolly and they just laughed.  If you haven't read another recent post I've made, then please read "Dolly 2020" which can be found by clicking through this link:

Dolly 2020!!! Click Here

15.   I know you have more you can add to the list.  Send them to me at  We'll keep the list going and every year we can look back and be thankful that we recognized them for what they are and stopped letting them anger us so much by laughing at them instead!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Dolly 2020

Jessica Caldas is one of the several distinguished UGA co-eds I have met along my path in Athens, GA. She sat at the bar in Walkers Pub & Coffee one morning, several years ago, sketching a scene forever imprinted on my mind. It only took her a very few moments and voila, there it was! An amazing talent and a concerned citizen, soul, I have been able to see her continue to make her mark on the world through Facebook.
Today, she posted this article, with the preceding words written by a Ian Tuttle of the National Review:
"Principled conservatives, especially those in leadership positions, have a political and moral duty to condemn, and to work to eradicate, the animus that is the alt-right’s raison d’être, and to uphold the pillars of the American project. That project is more than metaphysical abstractions; but it is also not a simple matter of blut und boden. No, Steve Bannon is not Josef Goebbels. But he has provided a forum for people who spend their days photoshopping pictures of conservatives into ovens. To conservative and liberal alike, that he has the ear of the next president of the United States (a man of no particular convictions, and loyal to no particular principles) should be a source of grave concern — and an occasion for common cause in the crucial task of the years to come: vigilance."…/steve-bannon-trump-administ…

This was my follow up response. On the surface, and superficially, it may seem sexist off the bat, but please indulge me as I'm only trying to get your attention and what a better way than this? I truly believe this is a discussion we need to consider in this day and age where science has blinded the blind faith of the faithful and people of faith embraced Donald Trump for president of the United States.

The problem with conservatism is that it denies we are all liberals in this country, compared to the Middle East, where our holy books and laws stem from. Conservatives hold on to this ideal of righteousness through the wearing of suits and ties. As far as that goes, Liberals do it too. Our entire government are people in suits and ties, presenting this image of some sort of superiority, on either side, either godly inheritance, or a more highly evolved state. Both sides think of themselves as superior. 

I am not suggesting we elect a bum for president, but I jokingly, and seriously suggest we elect someone who wears blue jeans on a daily basis if we're ever going to get a "real" person in that office. No matter which party you affiliate with, the representatives are pitchmen, or pitch-people to be more politically correct. They, are salespeople of the worst kind telling people what they want to hear in order to gain the sale, or votes, only to go and do what they are going to do.

The true salesperson does not make promises THEY cannot keep, and keeps the promises THEY do make. THEY also manage expectations by under promising and over delivering. If you can gain agreement without over committing and then over deliver, you have mastered true sales. I use the neutral THEY as I have since my youth because it makes more sense than he, or she, or going back and forth in endless communication stupidity.

With this being the most absurd election I have witnessed in my half a century on this planet filled with natural order and balance, I am never ceased to be amazed by the imbalance of people, and especially those involved in the political arena. How can the earth and the universe be so well balanced and we be so imbalanced, or is it just our leadership that is driving us crazy with false hopes and expectations?

Dear Jessica Caldas, we might not agree on all issues, but I think we probably share a core set of values, namely treating others with respect, not to cause harm, and to do what you say you're going to do. When the American public finally wakes up and realizes there aren't any solutions to our problems in a single individual, or party, then maybe real people will actually run things. We far outnumber them anyway.

I don't have a problem with a representative republic. We DO NOT, and NEVER HAVE lived in a democracy as people always tend to refer to our system. I don't have enough faith in humanity to want a pure democracy to be quite honest. Obviously, from your work, you know how people are. We're still trying to get "men", we'll call males, to stop shouting cat calls. 

Just come sit on the square of Athens, GA for a few minutes with me, and some of the male street people. If I looked at women they way they do, I'd have a permanent crick in my neck. Ironically, these same males are usually not the most sexually active and it seems to be an insecurity issue being covered by an exhibition of machismo to convey to the other males that they're not gay! It's truly adolescent.

White superiority is not much different. The most vocal proponents are often the least physically fit and even appear to be from some infected gene pool. Why is that? Why does the meter maid stop and talk to the beggars on the streets? It makes her feel superior, that's why, and she can barely speak English herself. Why do people laugh at those less fortunate? Why do we have people who enjoy watching the show Ridiculousness and laugh about the things that happen? 

People love to see other people in misery, or lower than themselves. It is called Schadenfreude disorder and it seems to permeate our society. Why did people vote for Donald Trump? Because he called out a group of people who want to feel superior about themselves when they really don't feel all that good about themselves.

So, once again, we have seen racism and xenophobia rear it's ugly head, raised by a guy who pretends to be from the streets, but was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Why would rural folk vote for another guy living in an ivory tower?My real question is why do people even vote, but I don't want to go there, except to say we don't elect kings, but promise making people who rarely keep their promises. The Affordable Care Act being a perfect example. I'm not blaming President Obama. I think he did the best job he could do, even though I did not vote for him, but to propose socialized, single payer health care, universally, only to end up with a universal health insurance premium to pay is as good an example as you can get.

Our system is set up not to give one side, or the other, too much dominance.  If only it worked that way from a male/female perspective, right? From the foundation, men who claimed a belief in Jesus Christ failed to included his name in our most cherished documents. This is and never has been a Christian nation exclusively, though many of the founders touted otherwise after writing the vague references to God. They set it up that way on purpose to encourage debate, and based upon uncertainty, because nobody has a lock on the truth. They were particularly leery of the the Catholic faith, but did not prohibit that from coming to America either. As long as someone comes in peace, not to cause harm to others they can believe as they please. That was what our founders really believed. 

Thomas Jefferson himself, was by no means an orthodox Christian, though he claimed to be a Christian, he ripped the Bible apart and pieced it together again in what is known as the Jefferson Bible. He is also the one who inspired the idea of the separation of church and state saying there should be a "wall of separation" between the two. Out of the other side of his mouth, he declared this a Christian nation, and so did judge after judge in early court cases in this new country. The confusion started from the beginning. It is the basis for everything we see now we can't make sense of and what finally led me to the personal conclusion that if you want things to make sense, stop wishing for them to. They don't.  Because, our very foundation was inconclusive, and the debate continues to this day.

Now, thank God we don't live under a theocracy, again... right? If you're a person of faith, then simply do what Jesus said of the LAW and love your God, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. If you're an atheist, then love your neighbor and keep your hands to yourself! That's why I support the 2nd amendment!! You just can't trust people! I mean, it would be like playing football without the referees. This is why I can never really be a Libertarian. 

People need referees, and government. It's just that I think it's gone way to far in getting into our lives which makes me a sort of conservative, just not of the racist, xenophobic kind. In fact, it is my belief that most people are socially libertarian and fiscally conservative, meaning live as you please as long as you don't cause harm to others and manage your money wisely. Who doesn't agree with that? It's just that conservatism has worn the religious cloak for a long time and if they were really dressed properly according to their "beliefs", they'd be wearing robes; either that, or plumb naked and living in the garden of Eden.

We need a new party Jessica, the Great American Party, where people of all kinds come together with respect for one another as long as you are worthy of respect. Everyone is not worthy of that, and that's a big problem I have with Liberalism. They want to paint with a very broad brush of inclusiveness. That also has limitations. But, I understand the legitimate complaints of people I disagree with in lifestyle. We don't live in a theocracy, and we don't round up our gay people and stone them to death. The church has God's law, whether it be the ten commandments or all the laws of Torah, which many mainstream Christians would do well to heed especially when it comes to the dietary laws, but again, this is NOT a theocracy and never was. 

So, if we're not going to execute homosexuals then they should at least be treated fairly. On the other hand, homosexuals don't need to be waving it in the faces of the public. When is the last time you saw a bunch of heterosexuals marching down the street mimicking sex acts? Come off it. Some things are better left behind closed doors and what this society really needs is a course in manners on both sides.

Bottom line, that's why I'm voting for Dolly Parton in 2020! 

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She is also the founder of the Imagination Library, and received an honorary doctorate degree from Carson-Newman University for her work in promoting literacy.  Through this program, the Imagination Library, a million books a month are distributed to children throughout the world.  There is even a scholarship fund that aids children to attend college.  It is said, that upon receiving her honorary degree, Dolly said, "Now, they can call me Dr. Doube D", and this is no joke!

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Dolly 2020!!!


Monday, November 7, 2016

How's Life? LOL

Someone I haven't spoken to since I was in High School had a birthday the other day, so I said "Happy Birthday".  Thank you Facebook!  I used to spend every morning in home room sitting near her, and I think she said the same thing every morning she said in response to this happy birthday wish which was, "Hey Gabe!", except she didn't follow it up with, "How's life LOL?"  Today, she did, many moons later.  And, you just never know what gets me to start clicking on the keyboard, but this is what I wrote and I thought I'd share it with you.  Though most of you never say anything after I post something, you keep reading.  So, I keep posting.  So, keep reading.... Please, and thank you.

I am not a black man, but I am in touch with my black side, and my feminine side, and my masculine side, my intellectual side, my retarded, moronic side, and my left side and my right side especially after sleeping on the ground.  It kills my hips!  But lately, that has not been a problem.  I just remember how not too long ago, it was.

Go Cubs!
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Dolly Parton for President 2020... When We See Clearly!


Well... that's a loaded question, meaning very open ended! Let me keep it brief. It's 2017 and the Cubs finally won the World Series, just a few years off what was predicted by Back to the Future. This could truly be a once in a lifetime experience.

I am fortunate to have been born in Illinois and to have been able to attend my first professional Baseball game at Wrigley Field, still standing, built once in a lifetime, and perfectly par for the course.

I am also fortunate to have grown up in my youth on the Golf course, several in fact... including Kankakee Country Club, Big Canoe & Highlands Falls. That is especially significant as just today I was driving a Golf cart when I saw a cleaning towel on the ground. As I drove by to scoop it up, I was taken back to childhood when you drive by a Golf ball to scoop it up when it isn't needed to play because you're playing best ball.

I see, you posted and LOL with your comment, so I'm glad you laughed before I even responded because that means I'm playing to a receptive audience. Either that, or you could be hysterical. Or, even mocking me in some way, because the last time I went to a Baseball game, or played Golf was probably over ten years ago!!! The fact of the matter is I've spent most of my time in and out of jail for the past decade, and just recently had the pleasure of pleading guilty to being a "black man" in a court of law. 

It was a compromise, and I might be in touch with my "black side" as I told the public defender who 
WAS NOT representing me, but it's the truth. If you would like the transcript of the proceeding, I'll be glad to obtain a copy, but the discussion between me and the attorney was the best and unrecorded part!

Regardless, and in the interest of keeping this short, Life Is Good! I still don't know what that stands for, but I see that sticker all over the place, on cars, on hats, on t-shirts... I thought it had something to do with the company called LG, but someone told me I was being way to optimistic with that thought. There is a fine line between optimism and insanity, but a quick web search revealed that you can't believe everything everyone tells you. That truly would be insanity, wouldn't it? See photo attached below.

Other than that, I would only have to get into the details of things and it was such a short question that didn't require this many words already and I figure I better just quit while I'm ahead and leave it at this... or that!

Life is good, but it wasn't until I realized that Disneyland is not really a place, but a mindset. It's one of those things I've been saying for years now... "I'm from Disneyland, and these people are from the land of Hee-Haw"... You can feel like the land of Hee-Haw is inescapable, until you realize the two world's kind of overlap and while there are plenty of people out there who will try to knock you off your lily pad, it's your job to stay on it. So, if I was to re-answer your question, I'd simply say, "I'm staying on my lily pad! How's life with you?"


Thursday, November 3, 2016


While I appreciate the "mother" aspect, and the humor of that, Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump both make suckers out of voters Louis, and you're one too. The video has been removed for some reason, but Louis CK was on a talk show explaining why he supported Hillary citing the "mother" aspect as one of the reasons.

Furthermore, and only after my fifth government encounter this week, let me say this... They want us to vote for this SH*T?!?

Number one, I've been unemployed, or underemployed for most of the last eight years. So, after having my drivers license suspended for a "failure to pay my bills", and then it expiring, I went to get a state ID and PAID the fee associated with that. Fine, right?

Then, I find a job unexpectedly, a good job. It doesn't pay much, but it beats the streets. So, I decide to get my drivers license again. You can pay the reinstatement fee online, but not the renewal fee. Duh, number one.... See where I'm going already, right?

So, I get a ride to the DDS, not to be confused with your dentist. It's what used to be the DMV, Department of Motor Vehicles, but apparently somebody's brother wanted a new printing order, for forms and signage, so they changed the name...

In the meanwhile, I had also gotten my first paycheck. I paid my bills I hadn't paid, or at least a portion of them, once again ONLINE, and another chunk of this first paycheck. I used VISA, not CASH, because they won't take cash... That was easy, but keep in mind... it's the government that INVENTED the Internet!!! And, Al Gore is not the government, but he's probably voting for Hillary, like Louis CK, and I bet they both love CASH!!!

Also, in the meanwhile I was ordered by the court to have a substance abuse and mental health evaluation. So, I get a ride to this appointment, paying cash to the guy who gave me a ride, because he doesn't take VISA. He asks me how long it will take. I told him to go ahead because I didn't know and proceeded to the front door where the VISA/Mastecard emblems are proudly displayed. I check in and receive the forms to be filled out and when I try to pay, I am informed they don't take credit cards; CASH only!!!

My ride is gone. So, what do I do? I walk up to a convenience store and pay an outrageous fee to withdraw MY money that really apparently belongs to the government!!! I go back and pay the eighty-five dollars in CASH, telling the woman at the counter, "I know what you're doing. You're trying to drive me crazy before I even get here. "Nobody else takes cash, but you guys, and you have the Visa/Mastecard sticker in your window!!!"

She says, "That's right! And, then you become a CLIENT!"

She then called me Sugar, which was supposed to make me feel better, but that's kind of like when a bartender calls you Baby, or the waitress at the Waffle House... old game, missing pieces, but they still play it anyway, and again, THEY want you to VOTE for this SH*T, right?

She then hands me a stack of papers and says, "Here's the evaluation. Be sure to read every question carefully!"

I said, "You mean, I'm not going to see a doctor?"

"Not today Hun", she confirms.

So, basically, I worked two weeks and paid eighty-five dollars, plus all the other fees and fines... ONLINE, to take a multiple choice test as to whether or not I'm a drug addict, or mentally ill... And, AGAIN, they want us to VOTE for this SH*T!!!

But, that's not all... to cap it all off, I got my drivers license renewed, only to examine it when my ride dropped me off back downtown to find there was a restriction code on it indicated with a Q. Q means "NO PASSENGERS ALLOWED".

After spending ten minutes on the phone trying to get through to a human being and the looping voice prompt system which tells you to remain on the line, and then to choose an option, repeatedly, repeatedly, repeatedly, I finally speak to someone who tells me it was a technical error and that I had to return to the DDS, formerly known as the DMV, the department of Motor Vehicles, just another department of the government where it's EASIER to pull teeth out of a mules rear than it is to find something that isn't retarded with our government.

And, NO, they couldn't just correct it over the phone because this SH*T is all about OIL and they want you to burn as much of it as THEY can possibly get you to burn even if it's on the soles of your shoes!!!

I have concluded that once again, I WILL NOT VOTE for this SH*T and Louis CK, YOU are the ASSHOLE for VOTING FOR IT.

So, stick that in your pipe an smoke it, Sucker!!!

Dolly 2020!!!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Obama Phone

Dear President Obama,

It is now 2016.  The next election is just a few days away, and your final term in office will conclude soon as well.  In 2008, I had a dream.  I dreamt I was in the Rose Garden having a conversation with you when you reached inside your coat pocket and gave me your cell phone telling me to call you.  I started to call you, but then I realized I had your cell phone.  So, how could I possibly call you if I had your phone?  I called the switchboard instead, and then I woke up.

I woke up in 2008 to a life on the streets of Athens, GA.  This is ironic since I never imagined myself living on the streets, homeless, unemployed and somewhat hopeless; and after growing up on the Golf course in a middle class American lifestyle.  After three years on the streets, I finally got a job in 2011 where I remained until 2014.  Then, I became homeless again after serving six months in jail.  In the time since then, I have had three different government issued phones regardless of who actually started the program, you are the one most frequently referenced in association with the program, and it was certainly during your terms in office that the program gained traction.

My time on the streets has taught me several things.  Never take for granted the things you have. They could all disappear in an instant.  So, when the free market seemed to have the cards stacked against me, I became a recipient of a government issued phone.  I have yet to find a girlfriend by having this benefit, but I did find another job, and that's what I wanted to tell you.

While the Affordable Care Act is hardly the single-payer system you aimed for in your original campaign, you are credited with it, commonly known as Obamacare.  While conservatives, of whom I was born, complain about the ACA on the surface, they are probably laughing all the way to the bank as many profit by the insurance industry.  So, the facade of disagreement does not fool me.  If they were honest, they would applaud the ACA, except that it is a mandate to buy something.  In this case, health insurance.  Thank goodness there wasn't a mandate for everyone to buy a cell phone.  If so, I might not have gotten the job I recently got.

I tell people all the time regarding different things, it's all in the way that you use it.  Like guns, guns don't kill people; people do.  Cell phones won't get you a job either, but if you use it properly one can.  Or, it could just find you your next hook up.  In my case, I went for the job.

While I am still homeless and I stay in the shelter for my third year straight, I wanted to offer my applause for the government issued cell phone program.  It's all in the way you use it.  Like guns, like alcohol, like drugs even... like social media, like your car, like life itself.  Should we mandate life?  That's impossible.  It is our gift, just like a government issued cell phone, except as human beings we are the users of tools.  In this case, the cell phone being the tool I used to secure this new job.

While I don't make the money I used to, I'm making more than I was just a short time ago, which wasn't a penny.  So, I hope this comes as a welcomed announcement.  I did not vote for you, and for that matter I didn't even vote.  I am quite skeptical of our political system, finding it mired in compromise and a high level of bullsh*t, believing often the framers actually meant, We The People who wrote these documents, instead of the masses it is framed to represent.  However, the cell phone program breathes new life into the idea that taxpayer dollars can actually lift people up, but it's in the way that we use them.

With our freedom is included the human capacity for irresponsible behavior, but at least we are given a shot with a program like this.  These days, if you don't have a cell phone, you're behind the eight ball.  If you're without a car, you're really behind the eight ball.  Do you think you could come up with a program that gives cars to the people trying to climb this modern ladder?  I doubt that very seriously, but perhaps a cell phone will get someone a job that will eventually lead to enough income to get a car for one's self.  It is a good program, and I know it is abused by recipients, but that's the risk we take in offering programs like this.  Just as food stamps are abused by being sold, cell phones can also be abused, but I just wanted you to know, "this guy" used it for what the purpose it was intended.

Lifeline might not consider me a great customer because I've never purchased additional minutes.  That's because I seldom use it unless it's something important and not for chit-chat.  Therefore, I've never run out of minutes, I don't think, except maybe once, and that was one day before getting a refreshed set of minutes.  This country still does offer opportunities and while they might go squandered by many that's not the fault of the program.  It's the fault of the recipients.

I've spent enough time in jail to know that when one does wrong the entire group is punished.  As unfair, and unjust as that may be (and it is) it is the way it works.  So, if this program does disappear, then I'm glad it was there when it was.  I really couldn't have gotten things done without it, kinda like that cell phone you lent me in that dream.  It didn't exist, and I never got through to you, but the receptionist thought it was funny!


Gabe Newman

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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Race Relations 2016

My Response to this Viewer of the 1996 Chris Rock stand-up routine titled "Chris Rock - Black People vs. Niggaz"

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Draven wrote:
Rock wasn't doing stand up. He was straight up preachin!
I wrote:

You're right about that, but that's what all great comedians do. They take the truth and make it somehow acceptable. However, I defy any white comedian to say the same thing and get away alive with it. There is a double standard. In fact, I have tried to tackle this issue myself and the ironic thing about it is that I've had more intelligent discussions with black folk about it than I have with white folk. Some black folk will also distinguish between the use of the "N" word as "Nigger" v. "Nigga"... one being a term of endearment, and the other being derogatory, even within the black community. Chris Rock is using the ER ending which if a white comic did it, he'd end up in the ER. I have had civil and educational conversations with black people about this, but when it comes to white people, they almost always shut the conversation down immediately, especially white women... Certainly, the use of the "N" word is inflammatory, but why can I talk to black people about it more easily than I can white people? I'm in Athens, GA where there is a significant anti-discrimination movement going on spearheaded by Knowa & Mocah Johnson. There is a bar in town that was serving a drink called the "Niggerita" that lead to a revival of anti-discrimination. Athens is a small town, larger than many, but still small as compared to Atlanta. Racism is evident, but I often like to point out it is usually more broadly Classcism. The anti-discrimination movement focuses on bars that deny access to people based upon race, but the issue is much deeper than that. I could elaborate, but I will stay on point here. Point being, I'm a white guy and that's why I really shouldn't even talk about it according to tradition, but since I recently plead guilty to being a black man in a court of law (and I kid you not), then I feel like I can at least say something... I was not raised in racist household, though as Chris Rock points out "there aren't any black people in Minnesota"... I, being from a small farm town in Illinois could relate to his statement. In fact, I never saw a black person until we moved to the South as a kid. I grew up on the Golf course, where there also were not any black people. I was what they call White Bred, but nobody in my family ever used the "N" word. I am told a family predecessor of mine was a racist journalist to whose writing I was later exposed in life. I didn't share his sentiments, though from living on the streets for the last eight years I have been exposed to an entirely different reality. Athens, GA is unique in many ways like in the way it deals with "poverty", which compared to most of the world is really lower middle class living. This is evidenced by the fact that one of the hardest things to find at the soup kitchen is a parking space, and another being homeless people. Athens is primarily white and black in terms of it's permanent population, excluding the diverse student population at the University of Georgia. White people here tend to be much more laid back than the high-strung Atlanta type, where in Atlanta life is much more frantic and filled with the hustle and bustle. Black people, in my humble opinion, are also different than black people in Atlanta with a much slower speech pattern and calm, among other things. The two descriptions aren't really that much different. At a recent Athens Anti-Discrimination rally, black speaker after black speaker reiterated the same message... "We need a new narrative". It was also mentioned more than once that Athens could be a model for the rest of the country, and it already is in many ways. While there is still room for improvement, Athens, GA is a great representation of what has happened since the days of slavery that really weren't that long ago, just a Great Grandmother, or two ago, in fact. But, again, there is still room for improvement. However, in terms of the "N" word, the only people I ever hear using it... are black! Maybe that's because of who I associate with. Or, maybe it's because I've spent a good deal of time in jail, where 90% of the jailhouse population is black. Let me retract a statement I made the other day too. Regarding the homeless shelter, I stated that the population was probably 90% white, in contrast to the jailhouse population. A quick count this morning found that to be untrue. It's was actually almost 50/50 at breakfast this morning with 13 Whites, 11 Blacks, and zero Latinos, or Asians. I'll check it again throughout the week, but for the most part these are the same faces I have seen for the past couple of years. So, to the white people out there afraid to talk about race relations, or to even hear the "N" word, you can keep sticking your heads under the sand, but until we talk about these things I don't think things will change, though they're not too terribly bad here in this small town... there is still room for improvement. Just understand one thing coming from this Cracker... I don't care what you call me, but if I ever use the "N" word, it'll be for educational purposes only and besides "Bullshit", it's still the other most common word you'll hear in the jailhouse.


Two Videos To Watch:

Athens Anti-Discrimantion Movement

If We So Choose, Athens, GA Desegregation Documentary


Over the last ten years, I've met and gotten to know several students at UGA. Some of you have become parents since I met you in your earliest adulthood. Some of you will become parents. As such, and whichever the case may be, you might want to follow this educational development as the years progress.
Arts & Sciences, to me, represent an historically neglected symbiotic relationship. In fact, much time has been spent trying to separate the two, as we also do with politics and religion.
Our nation was founded on such a symbiotic relationship, and while one side aims to separate the two, the other side wants to force feed one to the other. The key is in balance, whether it is between Arts & Sciences, or Politics & Religion... one thing our earliest leaders were about was tolerance to those of varying opinions (predominantly Christian, but not necessarily) and who come not to cause physical harm from their differences.
Some these days argue it is harmful to offend someone else. This is a perversion of the first amendment, but in the end, it's not what you say, but how you say it. So, the best we can do is mind our manners.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Colin Kaepernick

Yeah, and this is WHY (as many reasons there are to hate this country I wouldn't have wanted to be born anywhere else) I answer the question, "How are you?" with, "I'm better off than a starving Ethiopian". I said this to an Ethiopian the other day, and she said, "That's kind of offensive". She thought about it and realized it wasn't. They talk about poverty in America and the hardest thing to find at the soup kitchen is a parking space!!! Chew on that... The second hardest thing to find... a seat. The third hardest thing to find... people who are actually homeless.

They can talk about the problems in the USA, and we definitely have them. We can always do better and should maintain an attitude of "continuous improvement", but we should also count our blessings daily. So, while I have never been the greatest of patriots and respect his right to take a knee, it is also slightly hypocritical. Why not just stand there without reciting the words, or putting your hand over your heart. Does he want the camera on himself, or is he truly standing up, while kneeling down, for his brethren?

Besides that, he's half white and half black and born of a mother who was destitute, according to Wikipedia. So, isn't the bigger issue here overcoming adversity regardless of race? It is so absolutely true that Black Lives Matter. Furthermore, All Lives DON'T matter, until All Lives Matter, and All Lives CAN't Matter if Black Lives DON'T Matter. But, DESTITUTE people's lives matter too, and that covers all colors.

The winter shelter opened last night and I've counted it up before, just as I have in the jail house. You get opposite results in the jail house where ninety percent of inmates are black, versus the shelter where it's probably 80 to 90% white. I'll do another count in the morning to confirm. This is consistent for the past three years.

Our problems in this country are so much more complex than what they show us on TV, and I'm not not denying we have racial issues to be dealt with, but we also have CLASS issues. We don't have people lying in the dirt like this photo portrays, but we do have people who deserve better lives, whether they're in jail recurrently, or sleeping under a tree recurrently.

We don't need anymore meds, or mental disorders, and disabilities. If the system is about making money, then we need people making money, not people being made money off of without their being rewarded too. That is nothing more than modern day slavery without work in the fields and just another bunk filled with another hopeless soul being thankful for not being a starving Ethiopian. This is the USA and we can do better!!!

Juliette... please quit posting stuff that sends me off on a rant! I'm supposed to be going for my court ordered mental health evaluation and this is another distraction keeping me from obtaining the public housing I am "entitled" to for being mentallly ill!

Mahalo In response to my friend's Facebook post... "You don't have to look, but this is a thing. It is not us (America), as a whole! Please be aware, this is very disturbing. But I began simply by Googling the word "Kaepernigger" after seeing some shirts worn during the SF football game last night, and this is the first site that came up. Very scary and sad. This is not America, this is not my family, these are not my friends. I'm thankful that Everyone who surrounds me are brilliant people. This website is just a sick minority, but it is real ❤️🙏🏼 Love to all my friends!!"

Progressive, or Just Plain Rude?

Why is it the "progressives" usually use the word "enlightenment" to justify what would otherwise just be considered rude. On the other side of the coin, does Donald Trump consider himself a progressive, and enlightened? I'm pretty sure Hillary thinks  very highly of herself.

Those with manners are considered repressed and closed minded. While I surely know around here they will have you feeling guilty for every pleasure outside of sweet tea and melodrama, I never want to be considered a "progressive" when all it really tends to means is anarchy, and licentiousness, and of course TOLERANCE for what was considered aberrant behavior, and still is by many. It is a great idea like Communism, pure free market Capitalism, or any of the other extreme ideas in the world, but when coupled with reality, are unrealistic ideas, because of one simple thing. People are NOT basically good.

People might have basically good tendencies, but that is always offset with basic badness, selfishness, and the ego. We come out of the womb crying for someone to do something for us. At that time, we are unable to help ourselves and must have the help of others, and even later in life after we move past the idea of an "inherent existence" we hopefully realize we are not of ourselves and are reliant on others even in adulthood. No business person has a fortune to and of themselves. 

All business relies on others to produce and consume the products and inventions of perhaps one mind, or group of minds. All people need others, even if it is a woodsman, who relies on animals and vegetation and other products of the earth in order to survive. No one can sit and meditate himself into continued existence. Every one is reliant on others, human, or otherwise.

This particular open minded male was reliant upon the open cleavage of this woman who said, "no". Her ironic, modesty further points out the glaring rudeness of a supposed "enlightened" person.

Can we just get some people with manners up in here? If we have to deal with anymore open mindedness, we're gonna have brains scattered all over the streets. Sure, we can remove the Burkahs, and the shackles of our mind, but we can still have manners. It's really as simple as that, I don't care what color you are, or where you're from, just mind your manners, duh.

After recently reading portions of a book on the original intent of the Constitution I came to this conclusion:

If you read what they wrote in the Constitution, the DOI, and the amendments, it should be very clear that what they wanted is a system of debate. The vagueness of our most cherished documents some think to be god breathed don't even mention the name of Christ, yet some of our Framers, turned right back around in the earliest of days and declared this a Christian nation.  We've been arguing about that ever since. Mission accomplished. We live in a system of uncertainty and confusion, which is better labeled Libertarian than anything else.

If you don't like what someone is doing, unless they are causing harm, then mind your own business.  This is the lesson I have learned living in this supposed Christian nation, as a Christian who does not want to live in a theocracy, and wants Christians to admit this is not a Christian nation.  We are predominantly Christian, but this is, and never has been a Christian nation.  However, it has always been something we've argued about from inception.  If it was intended to be a Christian nation, the name of Jesus would have been mentioned in our most revered documents.  What our Founders did was set us up for eternal argument, and that's what they meant to do.  So, as I like to say, if you want things to make sense, then stop wishing for them to.  They don't.  They never will.  Be kind and gentle to others even if you disagree with them and keep the faith.  'By letting your light shine, they will see God'.  That's your job dear Christians, not the government's.

So, while some will consider the Christian to be repressed, it is the opening of the minds eye, the soul, the spirit in being able to see through the darkness.  On the other hand, as "Christians" deem others as sinners while hoarding, and living a materialistic lifestyle, and even voting for Donald Trump, it becomes evident, both sides have some sprucing up to do.

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