Well, I cannot seem to settle into a topic tonight. There is too much to write about, too many ‘goings-on’, and my mind seems to be on overload. So, forgive me if I indulge in a bit of mind-bounce, but that may be my only hope for regaining a degree of focus.
I try very hard to avoid commenting on ignorant political opinions and ridiculous memes on social media. I try, I tell you … I really do. And usually I am successful, for I have too much to do to waste my time on it. However, as I mentioned, tonight my mind is all askew, and I was just cruising around on Facebook, hoping a bit of a break might stop the mind-bounce. And I came across an extremely bigoted rant against the religion of Islam and its followers. The writer claimed that Islam is “pure evil” and that we needed to get rid of Sharia Law in the U.S. Well, as you can imagine, that set me off (mind bounce is often accompanied by enhanced irascibility) and I, against my better judgment, took off my shoes and jumped into the fray.
You would have been proud of me … I responded with intellect and quiet dignity, even when asked what planet I had come from and if I had been asleep all my life. I stayed only a short time, enough for two or three well-placed comments, and then I left the conversation and turned off notifications so that I would not be tempted again. But it made me start thinking about the bigotry and hate we are seeing, most of which is based on sheer ignorance. A few of the comments that stood out, that spoke volumes about the mentality we are dealing with here:
“Outlaw all Muslim activities and people from our country,they have millions of acres of land in their own part of the world ,send them back ,declare this a Christian country”
“it’s not right ,it’s a mental illness that should be treated as such, all these types of people will eventually implode ,they will poison the minds of innocent children and most likely at some point molest someone ,and/or kill themselves or others”
“Harry too many liberals that don’t understand something when they read it ,or what it was supposed to convey ,they just steer away from it to their liberalism”
All comments reproduced “as is” without corrections.
To be sure, there were others who, like myself, tried to educate, to enlighten, to make the haters at least stop and think, but a handful insisted that they were right, everybody else was wrong, and just as I exited, it was becoming a vulgar free-for-all. There is no value in such an exchange, and this is not a conversation or even a dialogue … it is simply sport. Blood-sport, at that.
Which led me to thinking about red hair. (I told you … mind-bounce) Well, I was wondering if perhaps there is something in the lack of skin pigmentation, or in something in the water they drank, that gave them this tendency toward bigotry. Are there certain physical traits that indicate mental traits? And that brings us to the red hair connection. It is said that people with red hair have shorter tempers. Is it true? Well, I didn’t find any definitive answer, but I did discover that redheads get cold quicker and feel pain more acutely. Okay … a snack is needed … something without sugar …
Do you know what Kellyanne Conway, America’s #1 Bimbo, makes per year in salary alone? $179,700. Nearly a quarter of a million dollars per year. For … being a mouthpiece, and a bad one at that. For making up lies to cover Trump’s exposed posterior. For being obnoxious and mostly wrong. $179,700!!!!!!! More than three times what I made in my highest earnings year!
So, Senator Ron Johnson, a republican (of course) from Wisconsin intimated on a radio show on Wednesday that Senator John McCain’s “nay” vote on the proposed healthcare bill before the Senate last month, may have been a result of his brain tumour. The radio show host was notably taken aback and asked Johnson if, in fact, he really believed what he was saying. His reply: “I-I-I don’t know exactly what — we really thought — and again I don’t want speak for any senator. I really thought he was going to vote yes to send that to conference at 10:30 at night. By about 1, 1:30 (a.m.), he voted no.” Stuttering … genuine embarrassment? I was looking a bit into Johnson’s background to see if there are enough of these moments to qualify him as Idiot of the Week. Maybe …
And here is another …
Lindsey Graham … from time to time I have actually had reason to respect Senator Graham, but not today. Last Tuesday (August 1st) Lindsey appeared on NBC’s Today show with Matt Lauer. Here is what he said that set my teeth on edge:
“If there’s going to be a war to stop [Kim Jong-un], it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die here. And [Trump] told me that to my face. That may be provocative, but not really. When you’re president of the United States, where does your allegiance lie? To the people of the United States.”
Somebody PLEASE tell me he didn’t really say that! Lindsey Graham is now, in my book, a bloomin’ DOLT. People. They are people. We are people. Trump and Graham are thinking it’s okay if hundreds of thousands of innocent people die, just so long as it isn’t on U.S. soil? Think about that one for a few minutes, friends.
Earlier today, dear Roger told me to seek my ‘soft and quiet corner’ and rest there. I told him my soft and quiet corner was filled with nails and shards of glass. I now understand where those nails and glass shards are coming from. And now, dear friends, I believe I shall go give my corner a good cleaning and spend a few hours there, away from the madness and mayhem. And in my next life, I am going to be a wolf, for I do not much care for the human race any more.