Thoughts & Observations on Life, Society, and the Times by Al E.

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Is the state of Georgia under attack?

In Beyond Stupid on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Oh my God!!!  Was Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal, really smiling when he signed Georgia’s new Gun Law?  Is he that proud of this legislation or is he really that STUPID??

Now don’t get all Second Amendment on me!  Don’t think that because I’m from Connecticut where the most irrefutable senseless mass killing of innocent children and teachers took place, (Newtown), that I don’t, can’t, won’t appreciate and RESPECT the Second Amendment.

What I don’t, can’t, won’t accept is the obsession with, and abuse of, the intent and purpose of the Second Amendment, just to satisfy the lunatics in the NRA!  Guns are NOT the problem, I agree and support that.  Those obsessed with their “right” to carry ARE the problem!  Why aren’t they viewed in the same light as anyone obsessed with sex, pornography, gambling, speeding, drinking, etc is? That they are of questionable character.

When the Second Amendment was added to our Constitution, there WERE – past tense – needs, reasons, purposes for carrying a gun – yes.  Protection, as there were NO organized or effective police departments to protect individuals, nor was there an army to protect the masses.  However, there were also NO “automatic” – semi or otherwise guns.  No magazines – let alone those capable of holding excessive rounds of ammunition.   No one had bigger, better fire power, thus everyone was basically on equal ground.

I hear the arguments that if everyone did have a gun, there would be less violence, as no one would shoot, if they knew they’d get shots back.  Also, they Need them to Protect themselves and their families.  All right, let’s take a breath and think about these arguments.

First, every day the news is flooded with violence.  Domestic abuse, anyone who is in a relationship knows that if they punch someone they could get punched back, or shot, if EVERYONE has a gun – right?  Road rage, everyone who has a car knows that if they cut someone off, or honk, or flip the bird, they might get cut off, or honked at or shot, if EVERYONE has a gun – right?

Second, Who is “attacking” them and their families necessitating that they need to defend themselves?  Wouldn’t that be the criminal or NUT with a gun, since everyone should have a gun?  Right?

I’ll agree we need the right to protect ourselves.  In Church?  School?  A Theater?  Yes, there have been tragedies in all three, would a gun-fight really have prevented these atrocities or made them any less of a tragedy?  Or better in any way?  HOW?

Now how about those places where people get angry, or could possibly use bad judgement.  A Bar(fight), Casino or Racetrack, (bad losers), the Highway,(see above), or Grocery store Checkout line that someone cuts into?  Are those really the places you want people to have guns??  Really, for protection, from whom – the other gun carriers?

Again, Guns are not the problem the people, criminals, nuts who use them are!  Without better BACKGROUND checks and laws to minimize guns getting into their hands – Who can tell the difference, and How?

I guess I’ll just stay OUT of Georgia!

Freedom of Speech – Everywhere or Anywhere?

In Maybe they should just GET OVER IT on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Every day I awake thinking – today will be better!  The world will swing the pendulum of STUPID back to a more neutral, realistic middle.  Then I turn on the TV, radio, or my computer and “POOF” Stupid is still SAFE; un-threatened, unmitigated, in fact, at a new high!

Case in point, the latest clamor over the owner of the LA Clippers, Don Streling’s  “alleged” racist comments to his “girl friend,” who is in a legal battle with the family.  Really!!  Let’s all take a breath and, as I often say, THINK about this, using our brain, not the sensationalist media-brain(?).

First question: Who made the recording, and did he, Don, know he was being recorded?  Second question: Who/How did this recording get leaked to the Media?  Third question: WHY was it made “public” before it was verified, or more importantly why was it made public at all?

With everyone so concerned with privacy, how is it overlooked in Mr. Sterling’s situation?  If he was unaware of being recorded – wasn’t His privacy invaded; by the “recorder,” the media and the public?  Well?  Also, as unpopular, as his comments, IF he in fact made them, don’t they fall under Freedom of Speech? In private with an associate.

I think we can all agree he was expressing HIS wishes to HIS “girlfriend,” privately, (he thought), and was NOT being rude, racist, or disparaging to anyone.  He was just asking for some consideration and respect for HIS feelings, wishes regarding HIS image as an owner at HIS public appearances.  He did not use the unforgivable N-word, he did not mention any particular individual, nor did he in any way degrade, defile, or humiliate anyone in particular, he just expressed his wishes.  (Let’s NOT even go to “He humiliated an entire Race” because, if he asked her to not to bring a China-man, Mexican, Italian, Frenchmen, or any other “man” to his games no one would even blink an eye.

I ask you, are we still in America?  Those that scream the loudest about “violation of privacy; freedom of speech,” and “discrimination and ignorance” are the First to USE, Violate and Disregard those “Rights” when it comes to others.  Especially if They stand to in some way benefit from disgracing the other person.

One last thought, isn’t all this hub-bub adding more and more fuel to the fire and doing far more “harm” than his comments which no one but she should have heard?  Really, don’t we have far more Important Issues in this country???

Thanks for Thinking!

Another “hazing” issue!

In Maybe they should just GET OVER IT, The "Media" on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 12:59 PM

I, for one, am disgusted with those Crazy College Kids and their antics!!  I mean really – girls FORCING boys, (men) to drink alcohol, bad enough on its own, but then FORCING them to EAT dog treats, while wearing Woman’s underwear!!!  Is there NO limit to their depravity???  What’s next?  Will we hear that they, the Girls, FORCED them, the MEN, to watch porn – then practice what they learned on them and/or each other!!  Horrors!!!!!

What SECRET POWERS do these Girls possess?  What’s their “hold” over these men??  Since most women complain that they can’t get a man to PUT THE SEAT DOWN, or PICK UP THEIR OWN UNDERWEAR, never mind wear theirs, maybe these “girls” should spend their time writing “How to…” books or a “Making Men do what YOU want – for DUMMIES,” series!  Something the world desperately needs.

Here’s an idea, maybe SOCIETY could get over following STUPID, WASTE OF TIME stories, and start demanding that the Media report NEWS: World News, Local News, Scientific and Health News.  Not the nonsense news they beat to death two, three, four days in a row, or until the NEXT Stupid story comes their way to justify their egos and jobs!

I don’t know, maybe STUPID is just the NEW “cool.”

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