Rocking the Boat


When I woke up this morning I still felt raw. The massacre that has affected the city I was born and raised in is still in mourning. We are still trying to answer that question of WHY.

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While we ponder this question the internet is filled with warriors telling us about how it was all a hoax, that we don’t need to take a serious look at our gun laws, that God did this because the president isn’t respect, etc. I don’t know why I look. Every comment has me seething.

A hoax!?!? Really, explain that to the families of the 58 fallen. Explain to the other 500 injured that they aren’t really hurt, that it’s all a hoax perpetuated by the CIA. Yeah, people think that.

I personally believe that we need more common sense gun laws. I think that automatic weapons do not need to be sold to the public. Kits that can be added to make a more powerful weapon should be for military use only. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to take anyone’s gun away. Actually I take that back, if you can’t pass a background check, a mental evaluation, a gun safety class and refuse to register every gun you own then I want your gun. I know that people say that people will get access to guns to matter what but that’s bullshit. Granted the black market is thriving but that’s because we refuse to enact any laws in our country to protect us. I don’t feel safe.

The best yet is God. Good old God. He’s been telling people like Pat Robertson that we deserved for this to happen. It’s that kind. He is a well-known and influential Christian leader, and he is spreading hate. I’ve had friends tell me that he’s a fanatic and nobody who is a real Christian listen to him but I call bullshit on that as well. If nobody listened then he wouldn’t have an audience. The 700 Club wouldn’t continue to grow.

Every time we face a massacre on this scale in this nation, which seems to be more often than not anymore, the propaganda increases. But we allow it, don’t we. We’re too afraid to rock the boat. Well, I’m done. I’m rocking the boat.

In my research today I’ve learned how the politicians that claim to represent me and my state are more likely to represent whoever gave them the most money. I already knew this but to see key pieces of legislation that they reject in favor of chaos and turmoil for all American’s has me hot.

To see that the men and women who claim to care about America, about her people, about our lives really only care about themselves and lobbyist has crushed my soul. How much money can we raise as voters to have our voices heard?

How much does it cost to re-implement CHIP? You know, the program for low income children. The one that gives them access to healthcare? That expires September 30, 2017 and not a single politician has done anything to mitigate the 8.9 million children who will be affected?

How much does it cost to buy a politician? It’s more than $174,000 per year. So we have some crowd-sourcing to do. We already pay for their salary, their healthcare, their travel, their lodging, their offices, their staff, and so on but that isn’t enough.

Should we resort to blackmail instead? It works for Russia, and lord knows we love Russia now, right?!?! Nobody seems to care about how Russia conspired in the election. Who cares about that when Hillary Clinton used a private email!!! It’s not like our current administration has anyone doing the same thing….right? The best direction is misdirection, am I right!

It’s just all becoming too much. I’m done holding it all in. We as a people have allowed extremist to take over our country and we need to stop it. We must come up with a solution and drive these extremist out of the limelight. We need to help educate. We need to listen.

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Everyday, all day, and forever


I’m amazed each and every day by my daughter.

EVERY DAY!

The way she figures out how to push her toys or pull her wagon across the room and over carpet and tile without a single issue. Less than a year ago she could barely walk! Talk about progress.

How she babbles and strings together words to try and explain herself. She’s now using her picture book to let her Dad know when she wants milk. How smart is that!?! I’m beyond impressed. Continue reading “Everyday, all day, and forever”

Want to be my friend?


How do you start socializing a 16 month old? An only child? Any kid?

I have no idea where to start, or rather I didn’t but after talking with my friend Nick G I’m getting a better idea. He made some great suggestions and I’m going to follow up and research some ideas. Finding a swim class sounds really fun. My ninja LOVES water! I truly believe she’d live in the tub or the kiddie pool in our back yard if I let her.

Is this just an only child issue? Is it because I’m not a social person and have no friends with small children? Continue reading “Want to be my friend?”

Go be a victim somewhere else…


I really try to accept everyone for who they are, I really do. But when a person plays the role of constant victim or the perpetual martyr I’m become enraged.

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I have no empathy, sympathy or tolerance for it. Continue reading “Go be a victim somewhere else…”

Perspective


I just had a wonderful talk with an old friend. We used to work together and I remember having the best conversations with him. We could talk politics, he leans more right, but we respected each other and I always felt that I was learning something from him.

It got me thinking though, has this country always been so divided? I know we’ve always had differing views amongst people, but has it always been so personal? Has it always been that people are unwilling to think or learn anything that differs from their current beliefs?

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Are we, as a species, so afraid to grow that we intentionally create animosity toward anyone or anything that is different from us? Continue reading “Perspective”