For those who say, “Get over it and move on”.

“All this crying and pussy acting is dum and boring.”
“Everyone is a political expert.”
“It’s over, get over it and move on.”
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I wanted to “get over it.” I wanted to get over it and move on. But then someone spray paints swastikas and the words “Go Trump” in a children’s playground.

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Then I watch a video of a room full of white guys with identical hipster hair cuts start doing Nazi salutes and saying things like, ““Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!” and that they support, “peaceful ethnic cleansing”
Didn’t our grandfathers bomb the shit out of people who spoke that way? 

This isn’t about being a sore loser, although some people may seem act that way.
 
But the increase in hate crimes are not helping to calm people down and accept the results of an election where the candidate with the most votes lost.
 
The people I complain about are the ones who want to, “Make America White Again.”
 
They need to be told, “We live in a pluralistic, multiracial nation of mutts.
Get over it and move on!”
 
Everybody has a responsibility for what they put out into the world. Rather than trying to figure out what other people should be doing, work on your own interactions in the world and whatever influence they have. All of it has an effect.” Adam Yauch, August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012

Post Election Thoughts #1

I’ve made it a regular habit of posting this speech by author and journalist Jim Lehrer with the following excerpt:

“Shared dependence, loyalty, responsibility to and for others, mutual respect and honor, and the power of appealing to the best that’s in us as human beings and not the worst.”

Those are things that both liberals and conservatives would find of values.

But one year a response to my post was, “Hate it.”

I asked, “Even, Shared dependence, loyalty, responsibility to and for others, mutual respect and honor, and the power of appealing to the best that’s in us as human beings and not the worst?”

“All of it.” he responded.

The reason I made a point of adding, “Shared dependence, loyalty, responsibility to and for others, mutual respect and honor, and the power of appealing to the best that’s in us as human beings and not the worst.” is because I believe in those values and that it’s possible to learn about and find positive sentiments from nearly any community. And I wanted to demonstrate that there are some things that transcend politics.

I concluded that the reason my Liberal friend hated it was that it was in the context of the U.S. military.

This is something I understand. Suspicion of a standing military is something that goes back to the time of the founders.

Elbridge Gerry, American statesman and diplomat, and Vice President of the United States of America, serving under James Madison and champion of the 2nd amendment wrote, “Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”

Another quote: “A standing army is like a standing member (an erection). It’s an excellent assurance of domestic tranquility, but a dangerous temptation to foreign adventure.”

The U.S has Been At War 93% of the Time. That’s 222 out of 240 years with a hardon, and you’re supposed to call a doctor after just 24-hours!

There’s suspicion but also actual fear of the military being used to suppress peoples liberty and to wreak havoc throughout the world. It’s a challenge to dispute that.

And it doesn’t matter that the Constitution forbids the use of the military from acting on U.S. soil. A militarized police force is more worrisome.

That’s what most of the folks that aren’t protesting are worried about.

And conservatives were afraid that was what Barack Obama was going to do: invade Texas and declare martial law.

So here we are. A year of people hearing that the nation of Mexico is, “sending” drug dealers and rapists to the U.S and and a plan Mr Trump said that registering all Muslims, “I would certainly implement that” freaked people out. (The registration plan caused Jews into a bit of a panic.)

I don’t expect 4 calm years but I hope people reading this will take time every day to take time every day considering the importance of ideas and priorities like, shared dependence, loyalty, responsibility to and for others, mutual respect and honor, and the power of appealing to the best that’s in us as human beings and not the worst.

And to you all, a thoughtful Veterans Day.

 

 

My visit to the Kennedy Space Center.

 

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This is what comes from being in a rush because you’re late for work.

 

The Jetsons come here all the time.

 

 

 

 

Big countries do things in a big way.

 

 

 

 

 

“Do not crush insulation” Unless you want to void the warranty.

 

 

 

Heard a kid say “Daddy. Can bad guys come and steal these?”
So um, kid? Whatcha planning?

 

 

Watching the first moon landing July 20, 1969. I was 10 years old. As you can see I matured early.

 

 

 

 

The shuttle standing ready for launch. Count down doesn’t start at 10 seconds. It starts 3 months before launch! It’s behind all that he main fuel tank is the orange bit showing. It took 8 hours to move it from the building where it’s prepped for launch traveling at 1 mile per hour.

It takes less time to get the little pine tree deodorizer situated.

Lesson learned from watching Antiques Roadshow. If they cleaned the scorch marks from re-entry, it would have decreased it’s value.

 


“Fantastic! A garage sale! My luck the wallet is at home.”

 

Actually it’s called “The Rocket Garden”.

 

 

 

And here we have the astronauts memorial.
The odds are 1 in 10 that there will be a fatal accident. Usually at lift off.

 

 

 

I think this is a fantastic photograph.
The women lying on her back and the baby, looking like an angel from heaven or a Renaissance painting, his right arm and leg creating, with his mothers right arm, a visual rhythm.

Then there’s the pained look on the mans face. He seems he’s thinking,
“OMG. What the fuck has happened? I was carefree. Wandering the world as free as a Sea Gull. But I didn’t want to invest in a condom. And here I am with this women and a shit load of responsibility. And… OMG. The grass. The grass really is greener on the other side of this fence!”

August 2008

A couple of years back I was walking down the street with
a couple of kids I met through the local punk scene. I don’t remember
what we were talking about or where we were headed. I do remember one of
the kids answering his phone. This is what I heard him say.

“Hey.”
Pause.
“I’m walking down the street in New Brunswick with a 49 year old Gay guy.”
Pause.
“No.”
Pause.
“OK.”
And he hangs up.

It was his father. This was the conversation.

“Hello.”
“Where are you?”
“I’m walking down the street in New Brunswick with a 49 year old Gay guy.”
“Are you Gay?”
“No.”
“OK, be home by 7.”

Happy National Coming Out Day.

 

Poem – Code Words For “Gay” in Classic Films

Code Words For “Gay” in Classic Films
Pedro Angel Serrano

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Eccentric
Smooth elbows
A man with specific mannerisms

A perplexment
Sleeps diagonally
Gives too much change for a dollar

Rides the carousel
An evening botanist
Wears a hat of someone elses choosing

Salutes another flag
Inconsistent
Built on an uncertain foundation

A sunset lover
Not quite up-to-code
Gives a careful handshake

Classically athletic
A keen-eyed birdwatcher
Wears a light wristwatch

Limber
Fond of his mother
He hitchhikes instead of taking the bus

A real jackdaw
A boy from Eton
He throws a party with an open guest list

Always rings twice
Has a silk bathrobe
Stays ahead of the game

Fraternally-minded

In the way of uncles

Elegant

Curious

Extraordinary