Month: February 2014
Not a cracker…
A 14-year old allegedly wrote this poem. As with all things on the Internet, its authenticity is in doubt, but its message is powerful.
Our generation will be known for nothing.
Never will anybody say,
We were the peak of mankind.
That is wrong, the truth is
Our generation was a failure.
We actually succeeded
Is a waste. And we know
Living only for money and power
Is the way to go.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is a dumb thing to do.
Forgetting about that time,
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Changing our world for the better
Is something we never did.
Was how we handled our problems.
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around
Now, read this from the bottom to the top.
Storm Forecast: Time to stock up
Thanks Tommy Salami
Caption Contest – 530
Friday Firesmith – The Sins of Arizona
There are those people who are gay. There are those who hate people who are gay. Let’s suppose, just for the sake of argument, that the number of people who are gay and those people who hate gay people, are equal in number. With me?
Now, let us suppose there are people who are supernaturally indifferent to politics of any sort and do not care if we burn witches at the stake or allow them their own religion as long as they don’t turn me into a newt. Let’s suppose those people outnumber all the rest of the groups combined. They do, actually. The people who just plain don’t give a damn outnumber us all.
But suppose you had a group of people who were gay friendly and another group who didn’t outright hate gays but they wouldn’t boycott a restaurant that refused to serve gays. Let us suppose that these two groups were equal and also, let us suppose while fewer in number than the Don’t Give A Damn Crowd, both of these groups were twice as big as the Gays and the Haters.
Here’s where this all ends up and why:
You have two restaurants in town with similar menus. One of them posts a sign that says, “No Homos Here” and the other that posts no sign at all. The Haters will go there and the Apathetic might go there, and even those who are just Slight Haters will go there, but the Gays aren’t about to and those who support them aren’t going either.
It all shakes out about even, right?
But the thing is the Gays wouldn’t be caught dead trying to slip into a restaurant that hates them. And those who support them aren’t either. Yet at the same time, the Haters and the Slight Haters, do not have a real reason NOT to go to the other restaurant that posts no signs at all.
And because no one likes to eat at the same place all the time, people will frequent other places, unless, of course, they have a reason not to go there ever.
More than anything else, math is going to kill off this thing in Arizona long before morality ever gets a lick in, no pun intended. Moreover, there are a lot of people, like myself, who grew up in a society where there were places some people were not allow to eat, places some people were not allowed to drink from a certain public water fountain, and quite frankly, I haven’t seen anything from that era I would like to relive.
I have never been in a restaurant in my whole life and suddenly looked around and wondered if there might possibly be someone who was gay there. If I did look up and suddenly realized I was the only straight person in the room, I don’t think it would really bother me. Wouldn’t this mean if a single woman wandered in I would have a better chance at getting a date?
Can someone who claims to be a Nazi refuse to serve Jews? Can someone who quotes the bible in support of racism refuse to serve ________(fill in the blank here, see how it feels when it is you) Can someone refuse to serve Muslims because they aren’t of the same religion as ____?
I’ve lived this before. I’m telling you straight up, no pun intended, you aren’t going to like it.
So really, how do you think this thing is going to play out?
Mike writes regularly at his site: The Hickory Head Hermit
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Would you ride this bus?
Residence of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
Protesters took full control of the Yanukovych residence and provided free access of the premises for Ukrainian and the media. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and security forces deserted the capital Kiev as protesters on 22 February moved to secure state institutions and parliament took steps towards forming a transitional government. The Ukrainian parliament voted to oust President Viktor Yanukovych and called elections for 25 May.
Thanks Andrew R