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Another Year Older…

In Just Because... on December 21, 2012 at 8:58 pm

It’s been five days since my birthday, back on the 16th.  The Mayan Apocalypse wouldn’t dare happen on my birthday week… it just isn’t good form.

Good Solstice, happy Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, good Kwanzaa, or whatever you celebrate around this time of year.  I wish you well.

As I edge ever onward into the third millennium, it amazes me sometimes that civilization as we know it (whether it is “civilization” or not is debatable) is fractionating into the conservative wackos, the Bible-thumping bloviating nut jobs, the ultra-liberal sob sisters, the apathetic sheep, and the occasional freethinker, who acquires facts, considers them, and opines honestly about them, despite all consequences.

As you may have deduced, I consider myself in that last group – the smallest of them all.  It’s a proud and lonely thing to be a freethinker.

I don’t always put all my opinions out there for people to see; some of them are irrelevant to people outside my immediate family, some of them would cause more headaches than the airing of them would be worth, and some of them aren’t done being considered yet.  Whether or not I write them down is entirely my decision.

As for the opinions others express, if I don’t explicitly respond to them, then I haven’t chosen to do so.  This doesn’t mean I have no opinion; it means I’ve chosen not to express it.

I dislike being misinterpreted for what I do say, and I refuse to be misinterpreted for what I don’t say.

If this is confusing, then just think about it for a while.  It may come to you.

The infamous “they”, the source of so many proverbs in general use today, says that “With age comes wisdom”.  I say that it ain’t necessarily so; some people can live the full Biblical threescore and ten and still be as dumb as a box of rocks, while I’ve heard ten year old children come up with the most sublime and succinct pieces of observation out there.  So age, in and of itself, has little or nothing to do with it.

In fact, the only benefit of age that I can think of is the catalog of experiences, good, bad, or indifferent, that having lived a longer time brings to the table.  You have more to judge things against.  That’s about the sum total of it, as I see things.

And remember, the opinions expressed here do not represent those of any person in this multiverse, living, dead, or otherwise.  Your mileage may vary.  All other standard disclaimers apply.

Live long and prosper.

Questions 67 and 68…

In It Bugs Me, Just Because... on December 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

The shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday, who killed twenty innocent children, six adults, and himself,  was purported to have a mental illness that greased the skids to send this young man down his personal path to hell.

Under ordinary circumstances, I would view someone who kills his own mother, while she sleeps, with a bullet to the head as a coward.  I would view this person, breaking into an elementary school with an assault rifle and two pistols and opening fire on defenseless, innocent children and adults as a coward.  I would view this person, who killed himself with a gunshot before the police could arrest or subdue him, as a coward.

That would be under ordinary circumstances.  But the mental illness this shooter suffered caused a twisting of the reality the shooter perceived.  We may never know exactly what was in the shooter’s mind… but we can, and will, pry, dig, and speculate from the evidence we uncover.

The evidence is showing, also, that the true cowards are crawling out of the woodwork in the wake of this tragedy… the Westboro Baptist Church, who protest at high-visibility funerals (such as those of our military KIA), claiming that because our country is tolerant of gay rights, God called them to yell things at the mourners such as “God hates fags” and that our soldiers (and others) are dying because God is punishing the United States of America, this selfsame Westboro Baptist Church intends to protest at the funerals and memorial services for these twenty-six dead.

Were I a more vindictive man, or uncaring about my future, I would let the Westboro scum assemble, and then do something that I would in no way regret later.  And that’s as far as I will say.  The stench of hypocrisy almost overpowers the stink of cowardice in their case, but in both instances it can’t be missed.

And coming from a military family, where duty, honor, and country are as necessary to life as food, air, and water, the gall of these people to actually be proud of their cowardice is an affront to all my family and my wife’s family stood (and stand) for.

My wife says that there must be a special place in hell for people such as the Westboro scum; I wonder if there are new additions to Dante Alighieri’s nine circles.  And if there aren’t, where can I put in a bid for the construction contract?

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