Monday, March 19, 2018

Treating Our Children Like Shit

We're demeaning our kids.  Don't believe me?  Well, let me clue you in.  The newest toy fad is based on scat play.  No,  I'm not referring to the "bee bop boop" croonings of Mel Tormé.  I mean we're structuring play around simulated shit.

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Perhaps the most disgusting embodiment of this sickening trend is the toy line Poopeez.  To quote Poopeez's own Facebook page, "Welcome to the world of Kerplopolis, where it is cool to be number two! Let’s get the potty started with TP, Pooji, Dumpling the Ninja Turd, Skidmark, Lil’ Squirt and the Toot Fairy as they drop-in and take adventures across Kerplopolis! Anything can happen as our heroes go about their potty business with their fellow poopizens. Its all POO-TASTIC fun with the Poopeez coming soon to a store near you!"

This toy line not only has its own website and a Facebook page, but they also have a YouTube channel, where people can watch cartoons based on these characters.

While Poopeez is the most over the top example of this trend, they're not alone. You can also buy your kids a game where they hold their face over a toilet bowel and spin a toilet paper shaped spinner  to tell them how many times they have to flush. If one of the flushes makes the toilet bowel squirt the water into their face, they lose the game. In a similar game, one must spin to see how many times they have to pull the monkey's finger. If a pull makes the monkey fart, they lose.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a "live and let live kind of guy." If you believe in a different God than I do, or no God at all,  no problem. If you have to be tied down and spanked to get your juices flowing,  I'm cool with that too. It takes all kinds. But can we all agree that we should teach our children not to play with fecal matter? Can we all agree on that? That should be parenting 101 along with "Don't stick your tongue in a light socket."

These games teach kids to wallow in shit. Once you teach them that, it's hard to teach them self respect. If they don't respect themselves, how can you teach them to respect those around them? Without respect for others, is there any wonder that some of them find its easy to shoot up schools and malls? What do they care? They have no respect for life.

I'm not saying that these toys are the one and only cause of what's been going on. However, they do add to the problem. It's true back in the day we had Betsy Wetsy, which was a baby doll that wet her diaper.  Said doll was designed to teach little girls a life skill so they could be good moms. Holding your face over a toilet bowl waiting to be doused with toilet water doesn't teach kids anything but that they deserve to be doused with toilet water. The game is demeaning not constructive.

I'm not trying to be a poop, but let's keep this shit away from our children.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Teflon Don Trump

Does anyone else feel like we're being governed by the mafia?  Seriously, can any of you picture Vito Corleone sitting at the Oval Office's H.M.S. Resolute Desk, scratching his chin with an upward flick of his fingertips, and saying, "Healthcare is a dirty business...It doesn't make any difference to me what a man does for a living, understand. But your business, is uh, a little more complicated than anyone knew. "  I can definitely picture it.

As explained by Steve Benon of MSNBC, ". ...Michael Flynn, for example, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia during the president’s transition period. Rick Gates pleaded guilty to a crime he committed literally this month ("this month = February 2018).  We’re not talking about misdeeds from these guys’ college years; these are recent transgressions. 

 Mr Donald Trump New Hampshire Town Hall
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On top of that,  Jared Kushner tried to open a covert back channel with Russia before Trump took office. Plus,  let's not forget Paul Manafort is currently wearing two ankle bracelets so he won't get bail as he waits for two separate trials for aiding the Russians with election interference and banking fraud, says the New York Post.

This just in: "Trump's personal assistant, John McEntee, was fired Monday, because he is currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for financial crimes," CBS News reports. The best part is, McEntee was only unemployed for one day before being hired by Trump's 2020 reelection campaign as a senior adviser for campaign operations.

Our president has surrounded himself with criminal defendants. Let's put the actions of those around Trump aside through.  Donald himself has been linked to multiple infractions of the law.

Even before he ran for office, Trump was taken to court for non payment for services rendered by thousands of employees.  After he won the lawsuits, the lawyers who handled his cases turned around and sued Trump for not paying them. Later during the election, the man neglected to pay a group of little girls who performed at his campaign rally. This is what we call theft of service. It's a crime.

Once he got elected, he not only tried to squash the investigation into the hacking of our election by Russia, but he also encouraged foreign diplomats to stay at Trump owned hotels when they were in the U.S. Donald even put the presidential seal on a collection of golf tees, which are being sold at his golf club, CNN reports. Federal law: The law states that the seal can only be used for official government business.

I could list several other laws that this man has broken, but I believe you get the picture. The problem is he's never been held accountable for any it. The man skates through life breaking laws and ethics rules with absolutely no consequence.

Many of the news anchors on TV would have viewers believe that the newest revolution of wrongdoing would be the one to nail Trump. They all want to be the one to slap John Oliver's "We Got Him Button." Ladies and gentlemen believe me when I tell you no one is ever going to slap that button. Three weeks before the election America saw a video of Trump bragging about grabbing women by their who-haws, AND WE STILL ELECTED HIM!

Nothing sticks to him. Trump even bragged that he could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and not lose voters. He's right. I can't explain it, but we let him get away with whatever he wants. It's out fault. We had mounds of information about his character and we still elected him. Forget John Gotti, President Trump is truly the "Teflon Don."

Monday, February 26, 2018

I'm Still Proud To American

"I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today. 'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land! God bless the U.S.A." ~ Lee Greenwood - (I'm Proud To American)

I've had this song running around in my head for a few weeks.  When it came on the radio, in years past, my chest would puff with patriotism.  Recently, my jaded ears have heard the anthem with irony rather than pride.

Our country is being governed by a President who's under constant investigation and a legislature who have lost the ability to compromise.  Before you think that I'm only blaming Republicans, Democratic lawmakers have banded together into a, "resistance," to oppose ANYTHING proposed by President Trump, as if they're characters from a Star Wars movie.

As a result, we're about to deport over a million people who grew up as Americans. Our lawmakers can't even agree on a way to keep our schools safe. A good number of them even want to arm teachers for crying out loud.

It's easy to look at a defunct government and lose faith in one's country.  I had.  Then, I pulled my head from my lower orifice and looked around.  The government is not America. We are America!  The preamble to the Constitution begins with the three words "WE THE PEOPLE." This country is not about the government, it's about the people.  I'm happy to report that the people, as a whole, are good.

Subject: Statue of Liberty | Date: 09/01/2005 | Photographer: Nicolai Schafer |This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Germany. reports, "In spring 2017, the number of people who conducted volunteer work within the last 12 months amounted to 67.81 million in the United States." Millions of us give our time to deliver Meals on Wheels to shut-ins, mentor our youth as Big Brothers & Sisters, help the disabled, work in soup kitchens, staff volunteer firehouses, and perform numerous other tasks which keep America moving forward.

I'm personally surrounded by examples of such community mindedness.  For those readers who haven't guessed by now, I live with a severe disability.  I'd be in the tall grass without the selfless assistance of family and friends.  As a matter of fact, this blog is being made possible by the kindness of a volunteer.

My situation aside, I have friends who contribute to our country in an array of other ways.  They cook food for the homeless, organize blood drives, stock food bank shelves, and drive in funeral processions for military veterans.

While our elected officials are behaving like children and members of the mafia, the people are holding the country together. Most of us are doing our part to make our country a better place. That's something to be proud of.

"I'm Proud To Be An American," sung by Lee Greenwood - courtesy of YouTube

Monday, February 19, 2018

This Isn't The Blog I Wanted To Write

I wanted to write about the Olympics this week. I can't. I wanted to do an uplifting piece about the world coming together in the spirit of good sportsmanship. I can't.

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At least 17 people were killed, and 14 others were injured, when 19 year old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last Wednesday afternoon, Morning Joe reported.

I could give you details about the life of Cruz and where he went after the shooting, but this is not a news blog. If you want those details you can go to MSNBC for those facts. The best I can do is try to put things into some kind of perspective.

Since the murders, our lawmakers have been debating gun control. This may look like a step in the right direction, until you take into account that they have had the exact same debates after every mass killing. They will rattle sabres for about three weeks.  Then, once the news trucks are gone, it will be business as usual in Washington.

On October 1st of last year a gunman shot up a country music concert in Las Vegas killing 58 people and wounding 851 more. In order to rack up these numbers the gunman used a bump stock to modify his semi-automatic rifles so they would fire at the rate automatic rifles do.

For a few weeks after the slaughter, Democrats proposed legislation to ban the bump stock. Our lawmakers were so bum-fuzzled scared of second amendment advocates that they couldn't even agree to outlaw the bump stock. We weren't even talking about outlawing a gun. We were talking about outlawing an adaptation, which allows legal guns to work as illegal guns.

The second amendment guarantees our right to bear arms. It says nothing about our right to own bump stocks. For that matter, most scholars believe it allows citizens to own hand guns for self defense and rifles for hunting, but the right does not extend to owning assault weapons.  George Washington and the gang had no concept of weapons expelling ammo at 90 rounds per minute. Even if you don't agree, and you believe semi-automatic assault weapons are protected by law, can't we at least agree to ban the bump stock?

I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "If our leaders are not willing to do something, what can I do?" My answer to that is, we can all be vigilant. According to CNN, a grandmother in Everett, Washington called the police when she perused her grandson's journal and learned he was going to shoot up his school.  She saved lives.

Now don't start quoting George Orwell to me. Yes, I read 1984 too. I'm not advocating for turning in our neighbors for thinking wrong thoughts about the state. However, when somebody posts on Facebook, "I want to be a professional school shooter," it's probably a good idea to ask some questions and alert authorities.

The following video from the Miami Herald lists those who had there lives cut short because our society can't differentiate between the right to carry a handgun for protection or a rifle for hunting, and the desire to own military grade weapons which can kill 60 people a minute.