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We get punished, and they walk. How is this fair?

Posted by Troy on 10th August 2016 in Current Events, Human Nature, Political

I’m a tax accountant by trade.  Today, I had a client call me and inquire about one of the many “tax relief” companies that advertise on the radio and TV.  I had to tell him that they were basically peddling false hope.  I really hate those commercials.

I hung up, and started thinking about it.

If I had an honest mistake…a bad one, but honest.  I could be penalized to the point my life is ruined.  If my client messes up and didn’t pay his taxes.  His life can be ruined.  However, the people that make the rules…they can declare meaningless wars, make laws that create economic ruin, sell influence, screw us over time and time again…and odds are, they’ll be fine.  Hell…they’ll probably still win reelection.  So I have just one question…

How is this fair?  How is it fair that our lives are ruined for relatively minor, honest mistakes whereas they are perfectly fine committing horrendous mistakes that ruin so many lives?

How…how is this fair?

Long Live the Constitution.

Orlando Shooting Used to Push Gun Control

Posted by Troy on 12th June 2016 in Current Events, Human Nature, Political

I got to wake up to the news that 20 people were killed last night at a night club.  That turned into 50 killed and 53 wounded.  And of course, I instantly thought “Obviously a Southern white male demanding adherence to the Constitution,” much like any sane person would.  But it actually turned out to be a Muslim terrorist.  Ya know…starting to get annoyed by the word “extremist.”  Just throwing that out there.  Just smacks of PC-ness that is unwarranted at this point in the game.  And, of course, I made a prediction that Obama’s response would be “We have to get rid of guns, people.”  And that’s pretty much what he did.

So, of course, we have to put up with them importing more Muslims into our country (seriously look up the immigration rates since 9/11…illogically, we’ve increased the visas to these countries).  So after these shootings, instead of examining how we look at mosques that we know are espousing extreme view points, we are talking about banning guns.  Shall we forget that the mosques raided after the Paris attacks had a stash of AK-47s and ammo?  Or, as I like to say… “Guns should be illegal so criminals can’t get them…just like drugs.”  You don’t think these animals wouldn’t get guns or explosives or poisons or whatever they want to use to kill us?

Obama asks if we want to be this type of country.  So, that led me to ask…what would it take before I decided that I would be willing to give up my right to keep and bear arms?  I guess the first thing I would have to see is that all of our government officials and buildings give up their own guns and armed security guards and fancy alarm systems and live like the average American.  If they feel safe enough to live like that for ten years…we can talk, but really I wouldn’t go for it even then.

The right to keep and bear arms is the Second Amendment for a reason.  They said “Shall not be infringed” for a reason.  I’m not willing to give up my Constitutional rights just because of these terrorists.

Long Live the Constitution!

Cut off your penis, and you’re a hero. Bleach your skin, and you’re messed up.

Posted by Troy on 25th April 2016 in Current Events, Human Nature

As I predicted…

Bruce Jenner decides to “become a woman,” and he is praised as being brave.  His sanity is not brought into question despite making the decision to mutilate his body in the vain attempt to be something that he cannot be.  Let’s be frank, you can wear dresses (etc) without doing these surgeries.  This is not about style or anything else.

Currently, Lil Kim is under-fire for bleaching her skin and giving herself long, blonde hair.  Absolutely true: she looks white.  If you showed me a picture of her without telling me who it was, I would think I was looking at a white girl or maybe a girl with some mixed heritage and very fair skin.  Comments regarding her transformation run the lines of how sad it is she didn’t realize how beautiful her old skin was, etc.  I’m sure there are also posts saying that she’s rejected her heritage or has forgotten who she really is etc etc etc.  At all points, society is blamed for convincing her to try to be something she is not, or she is condemned for trying to be white.

I posted a while back: we are only justifying transgenderism because it deals with sex.  In every other case, if someone were to mutilate themselves trying to be something they’re not, you would try to stop them.  This is clearly a case of being in love with their own tolerance, not out of any true care or “acceptance” to the person as is.  If you love and accept Bruce Jenner, you would try to talk him out of this foolishness and tell him he is perfect as he is made.  Instead, you egg him on, as you are more in love with your own “tolerance” than his true well being.  Meanwhile, Lil Kim is condemned because her decision deals with race.  Same thing, different result.  Why?  Because you wanna look “coooool.”

Long Live the Constitution!

Rainbows

Posted by Troy on 28th June 2015 in Human Nature

Rainbows are awesome.  100% of sighted people love rainbows.  (Blind people are rather indifferent.)  What’s my point?  I have decided that the truest and best option when in a conversation you don’t want to have is to immediately steer the conversation to the topic of rainbows.  ie “Hey, did you guys see that rainbow yesterday?”  Or “Do you recall the last time you saw a rainbow?”  If dealing with an argumentative person, say, “I for one think the world would be a better place without rainbows,” and allow them to convince you otherwise.  If there happens to be a rainbow in the sky at the time, so much the better.

Consider this a life hack courtesy of Swamp Fox Press.

Long Live the Constitution!

The Race Pool

Posted by Troy on 18th May 2015 in Human Nature

I’m listening to NPR in the car.  This American Life comes on, and one of the segments was on when to expose your child to race and racism.  The presenter was a black comedian that married a white girl.  He said that he had exposed his child to the concept of race (that she was black) at the age of five, but that he hadn’t exposed her to the concept of racism.

Instantly, I thought of my own upbrining.  At no time did my parents sit me down and tell me that I was white and that I should be proud of my whiteness.  It occurred to me what a vast disservice they did to the child in doing so.  They are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.  They tell the child “you are different and separate based upon the color of your skin.”  How could anyone expect that such separating identity would not persist into adulthood?  And, in fact, if you heard of a white parent telling their kids about the grandness of their whiteness, people would be shocked and would decry it as racist, as would be befitting.  I grew up with a sense of myself as me.  I was not anything.  I was not white.  I don’t even really think I identified myself as a Southerner.  First and foremost, above all else, I was an American.  A flag-waving, unapologetic American.  It was a bedrock that all my other beliefs are based upon.  Of my personal heritage, I hail from English, Scott, Irish, and German lineage.  I disavow all.  I am American.

The concept of when to introduce someone to the concept of race?  I feel it is unnecessary.  Society will do that for you at some point.  I think it is more important to treat such a difference as unimportant and be ready to explain the concept when the child asks.  The man went on to talk about someone else that steeped his child in “the racism pool” at age five–telling the child of slavery and rape and murder.  Is it any wonder that the five year old got up in her church and demanded whites and blacks be separate?  How do you teach a child that an entire group of people are monsters, and then expect them to coexist with them?

Then the man goes into a story about being at a diner.  One of the waitresses thought he was pestering this lady and her child.  It turned out to be his wife and child.  The waitress apologized and when back to work.  Now, there are different ways I could see him responding to such stimuli.  The first could be a magnanimous gesture.  Laugh it off and go about your life.  The next would be to get angry and let it ruin your meal.  The most extreme response would be to storm out and never eat there again.  However, he went another route.  He posted the “ordeal” on facebook and youtube and called for a conference with media coverage and civil rights leaders and the owner of the diner and so forth.  Leading me to ask… “Dude!  How much free time do you have on your hands?!”

I keep going back to this…you know who I admire?  Jerry Lee Lewis.  He married his 13-year-old cousin.  You don’t think people talked bad about him?  Hell, I’m sure they did.  I’m sure he was the butt of many a joke.  Did he care?  NOPE.  Your opinion meant NOTHING to him.  I’m the same way.  I think it’s funny.  I’m a white guy that married an Asian girl.  Since she’s been up North for a while, people keep asking her about the racism in the South.  Her answer?  There’s not any.  They seem disappointed.  What about the controversy of our interracial relationship?  Nope, not any.  It’s never come up.  Not once.  No threats of disowning from my parents.  No nothing.  Sorry, rest of America.

What was funny was, the very next day, I’m in line to get out of Sam’s.  There is a couple ahead of me.  Smartly dressed.  Obviously straight from church.  Beautiful children, also smartly dressed.  The man was black.  The woman was white.  If I had to place a bet, one daughter was from the black man’s previous marriage, and the son was from the wife’s.  The other daughter, I believed to be theirs, together.  They went to check out, and the black lady at the door checked his receipt.  She then asked the lady for her receipt.  The man laughed and said they were together.  The lady apologized profusely.  To which, the man said.  “Oh, it’s okay.  No harm done,” and laughed hardily.

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Long Live the Constitution!

Another type of racism

Posted by Troy on 1st May 2015 in Human Nature

Racism is all over the news of late.  Despite all the evidence to the contrary (ie, race riots in the northeast and stuff), the South is always held up as the poster child for racism.  Hollywood doesn’t own a calender, so they don’t know it’s not 1955 anymore.

However, there is another type of racism.  As C.S. Lewis said, the Devil sends sins in pairs.  There is the easy to spot racism that involves lynching and what not.  We’ll call this, “ugly racism.”  However, there’s “benevolent racism.”

Case in point, I read an article wherein the writer refused to pass judgement on rioters “as a white male.”  The mere terminology is indicative of someone that chooses to place all societal ills at the feet of the oppressor class as thrust upon them by college and Hollywood.  So he will not call people out on inexcusable behavior because he’s a white male.  Good thing he’s not a Southern White Male.  He might have to commit suicide for that sin.

This benevolent racism is like that.  It says that a race has been oppressed.  As such, they are not responsible for their actions.  As such, they are due x y and z.  As a result, their schools should be judged by a softer scale (they really do this, btw).  Job applicants should be given a preference even if a more qualified person is available.  And so on and so on.

Do you know who are not responsible for their actions?  Children.  And even then, I hold them to the standard that I hold adults to.  If a child punches someone, you should stop them and explain why they should not do that.  Anyone that says, “Oh, kids will be kids,” is inviting trouble when those kids grow up.  The only truly non-racist point of view is to hold everyone to the exact same set of standards.  To do otherwise is to say that that race or group is inferior to the other group.

Long Live the Constitution!

Toure, White Privilege, and Reparations

Posted by Troy on 28th May 2014 in Current Events, Human Nature

MSNBC host, Toure, has gotten into a lot of hot water with the Jewish community.  Apparently, Toure was discussing reparations, and a Jewish person responded that his family survived the Holocaust, came to America with nothing, and made it.  Rather than make some sort of intelligent response about this, Toure decided to write it off as “the power of whiteness.”  Which is basically Toure claiming that only white people can succeed in America, that their path is paved and all other races are barred (except for Asians…those crafty white people made sure that at least one race would surpass them so that they can hide behind this fact).

First of all, not even Toure is stupid enough to say that Holocaust survivors are privileged.  All he was commenting on was that he believes that white people can make it if they try and blacks (and other races) cannot.  This is because the deck is stacked.  So if a poor white person makes it, it is nothing to be really proud of.  The way was paved for them.  If a black person somehow makes it, they cannot be held up as an example.  They are merely an exception.  They were one of the few that somehow slipped through the cracks of the institutional racism that whites put in place to maintain the white power structure.  This really is how they view the world.

First of all, let me dispel a few myths here.  People like Toure claim that hard work will not let the other races get ahead.  I say that this thought DAMNS the other races to NEVER get ahead.  If you do not believe hard work is what it takes to succeed, you never will succeed.  This applies to school, at work, at your family life, at everything.  Nothing worth anything in this life is easy.  It all takes effort, and the more effort you put into something, the more God rewards you.  There was a story my dad once told me about a famous piano player.  After a concert, a woman told him “I’d give anything to play like you.”  He responded, “I did.”  We all start out with different advantages and disadvantages.  However, no advantage from birth can triumph over human will.  The talented musician who never practices will always pale against the musician that practices eight hours a day, every day.  Just ask Chet Atkins.  As far as reparations go, I’ve always said I would be in favor of it…as long as it comes with the following conditions: they forever renounce their US citizenship and they are banned from living in America.  If these terms are not accepted, then they are just after free money.  That’s it.

Reparations are based on the assumption that slaves should have been paid for their labor.  As such, their offspring should be paid (we’ll ignore the statute of limitations, naturally).  News flash: if they had been paid, they likely would have done what every other person does with their money: spent it.  As such, there would have been no inheritance.  Even if you think they would have saved it, then the majority of the savings would have been wiped out during the Great Depression.

Of course, what their side will say is that white Americans were only able to build their wealth due to slavery and that all whites have inherited that privilege.  As such, modern day white Americans owe modern day black Americans because modern whites are CURRENTLY benefiting from slavery.  Yeah, well…so are modern blacks.  Would any modern black American opt to move to Africa right now instead of America?  If they did, they are fools.  Their lives are infinitely better and full of infinite possibilities because of what their ancestors suffered.  Sorry, but that is true.  In fact, that person wouldn’t even exist if not for slavery.  Hell, they should get on their knees and thank God that slavery existed, for without it, they would not exist as their ancestors would not have met and born children which eventually lead to the existence of Toure himself.

And that brings me to my final point.  Black Americans invented peanut butter (Honey Roasted Peter Pan…yum), the cell phone, traffic lights, and other things.  They invented jazz and rock and roll.  They came up with Southern BBQ.  Anytime you want to get a chip on your shoulder about the past…be it the Holocaust or slavery, know this: you exist right now due to the fact that those evil things happened.  A million sperm vying for a chance to fertilize an egg.  We are each one in a million…more so given generations and generations it took for God to create us.  For whatever reason, he sent plagues and Holocausts and wars and slavery and disease and everything else imaginable because he wanted YOU to exist.  After He went to so much trouble, I just got to ask… what are you doing with your life?

Long Live the Constitution

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Gets It

Posted by Troy on 30th April 2014 in Entertainment, Human Nature

He understands the real offense here is that a private conversation was recorded with malicious intent and then betrayed.  It is nice to hear the rational and mature voices in the world.  There is no greater sin than betrayal.  It is the one thing that people will never condone.  A betrayer, a traitor, is always viewed with scorn, even to those they defected to.  Let me ask you a question, would someone rather associate with?

1 – A racist (assuming that they are not racist against you, naturally as that’s not really feasible).  For instance, two black men get together and are having a fun time.  One of them suddenly goes off on a tirade about how white people are the devil and should never be trusted.

2 – A betrayer.  Assume the other guy (the regular Joe) in number one meets someone and are having a fun time.  He finds out that his new friend got into the confidence of his grandmother, stole her identity, and saddled her with $50,000 in debt.  Let’s check that… that’s theft… okay, he finds out that the new friend got to know someone, and then spread all of their dirty laundry to the public just for kicks and giggles because it was juicy gossip.

Which of these two men does the regular Joe have the greatest chance to remaining friends with?  I say it’s gotta be #1.  While distasteful, he could say, “Well, it’s not really hurting anyone and not really affecting me personally, and we’re having a good time so…okay.”  But the second one?  No.  No amount of good time would ever make up for the fact that regular Joe could never trust #2 under any circumstances.

Long Live the Constitution!

The tyranny of being cool

Posted by Troy on 4th April 2014 in Entertainment, Human Nature, Political

You know, the cool always talk about freedom.  The cool always talk about tolerance.  However, the cool are actually the least likely to tolerate any deviance from their ideology.  The cool have no tolerance for anyone that disagrees with them.  Case in point:

Suppose Angelina Jolie (a darling of the cool) came out today and said that abortion is wrong and should be made illegal.  How fast would “the cool” turn on her?  It doesn’t matter that she agrees with them 99% of the time.  They would cast her out.  They would rip out her throat.

It’s interesting.  Isn’t it?  The cool always act like they are daring to defy conventions.  They question everything.  Blah blah blah, but they will never question anything that they believe, what they are fed.

Alternatively, I can say that the uncool are much more likely to tolerate other people’s views insofar that one deviance does not necessitate an end of a friendship.

So what is really cool?

It’s not Rolling Stone.  In fact, I think that’s the crappiest magazine ever.  It is nothing but a rag where people can learn what is “cool” so they don’t have to form their own opinions.  If you love Gordon Lightfoot.  Guess what, his music is great for you.  Enjoy it.  Who the hell cares?  If you don’t like Vampire Weekend, who cares if Rolling Stone tells you they’re so cool?  For you, they suck!  Don’t listen to them.  And whatever your tastes, realize this: your tastes are just as valid as anyone else’s, even if you don’t match up with what 90% of people think of as acceptable.  Hell, isn’t that the cools’ arguments for supporting gay marriage?  But that’s the only thing they apply that logic to.

So, who do I think is cool?  I think the coolest person in the world is Jerry Lee Lewis.  By God, he did what he wanted and he didn’t care.  He wanted to marry his 13 year old cousin.  Guess what.  He did.  Didn’t try to hide it.  Let it destroy his career.  Didn’t whine about it.  That’s what he wanted to do, and he did it, and the world be damned.  That’s what’s cool.

Although Huey Lewis is still cool.  Long Live Huey!

Long Live the Constitution!

Money Does Not Equal Success – My Proof

Posted by Troy on 30th October 2013 in Human Nature

Let us take 2 individuals:

The first man works very hard.  He becomes a billionaire, one of the wealthiest men on the planet.  He marries a beautiful woman and is admired by everyone who knows him.

The second man is a hard working man.  He works two jobs to support his family as best he can.  They never have the best of anything, but they have enough to live.  He breaks his back seven days a week.

So, who is the most successful?

Okay… now let’s change it up just a bit.

The billionaire has two kids.  They are both spoiled derelicts.  While the billionaire is running his charitable foundations, both of his kids are partying.  One dies of an STD and the other of an overdose.

The second man is devoted to his family.  He raised his kids as best he could.  They become honorable people.  One of them actually becomes the President of the United States.

Now…who is the most successful?

Do you doubt, even for one second, that the billionaire wouldn’t trade every dime and his social standing to have his kids back?  To save them from their character flaws?

Money’s nice, but it’s not the most important thing.  Past having what you need, it’s not even that important at all.

Long Live the Constitution!