American Whiners

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I’m sure after reading this there will be some who delete me, some who bash me, and some who agree with me but with everything going on the last few days since the election I just can’t keep my mouth shut.

I find a few things to be just absolutely ridiculous and I’ll start with everyone saying if Trump win’s they will leave the country.  Well he won.  When are you leaving?  I don’t see any of the headlines saying all those famous people left.  Why?  Because they were talking out their asses.  If any do leave after posting this then I say good riddance, America doesn’t need you anyway.  America needs people who, despite the outcome of the election, is willing to come together and work to heal this divided nation not turn their back on it.

Second, we truly have become a nation of self-obsessed, self-entitled, my way is right and everyone who doesn’t agree is wrong, whiny ass babies.  I say this because, I have seen first-hand how people feel they are entitled to everything without working for anything.  Their phone is in front of their faces every minute they are awake, posting selfies every 6 seconds, then deleting them if they don’t get a certain amount of likes in a certain amount of time.  Then comes election night.  I have lived through a lot of elections, this was a major upset for a lot of people.  It was also a historic election.  However, never have I seen a bunch of people so upset that when the person they backed didn’t win, that they actually cried over it.  Come the fuck on, are you fucking serious?  You’re crying?  There’s no crying during elections.  Your candidate lost, so the fuck what.  Get over it.  Is it upsetting sure but to cry over it, give me a fucking break.

When you support a candidate it’s not about supporting someone based on whether they are male, female, or transgender, it’s not about supporting them because they are African American, Caucasian, Chinese American, American Indian, and so on.  Those should never be a factor as to why you back someone for president.  You should be backing a candidate because their ideals, their policies, and their vision for America either matches or is similar to your own vision.  Because their platform is similar to the platform you support.

People want change.  They showed that by voting Trump because he represented that change, otherwise he would not have won.  This was the American people speaking.  Those who voted for Clinton lost, it’s that simple.  You pick yourself up and move one.  Whining and bitching about it does nothing to change that.

I say all that to say this.  Since the elections there has been protesting and riots.  People disrespecting our Nations flag by burning it.  People saying he’s not their president.  Well guess what people.  You are an American citizen right?  Well he is the President-elect so if you remain in the country and you are an American citizen then he is your president whether you like it or not.  There is nothing you can do to change that fact.  These are the same people who, when Obama was elected President both times, said “He’s your President, you need to support him and give him a chance, not trash him”.  Apparently that only applies when their candidate wins because now they are doing the exact opposite.  Instead of practicing what they preach because the Republican candidate was elected, this time they are doing the total opposite.  Apparently what they said only applies to those who don’t agree with their point of view.  The fact that people are rioting and protesting proves our country has become a country of whiny ass babies who think their way of thinking is the right way and if anyone disagrees they are wrong and when they don’t get their way the only thing to do is throw a temper tantrum.

Some don’t even know why they are protesting, they just are because everyone else is.  CNN tried interviewing a young woman, early 20’s, at one of the “protests” and asked her why she was protesting, her response “because she felt Clinton was the better choice because of her stance on health care.” she went on to say “When I was little I benefited from her health care act she passed”.  Well the reporter quickly corrected her by informing her that Clinton never got her health care act passed.  There was no way she could have benefited from it.  Her response “Well, uh, cause I love her and think she is great” then quickly moved away from the camera. This is the kind of crap I’m talking about.  If your going to protest something, make damn sure you know what your protesting, why your protesting it, and that it is something that your protest can actually have an affect on.  Don’t just go out and protest cause you think it’s the hip thing to do.  Protests should always be peaceful as well.  What good does bringing violence into a protest do?  Your only hurting yourself, those around you, and your cause.  What good does burning down your own city where you live and destroying and looting the stores of hardworking owners who built their lives around these stores do?  Your only hurting your city and it’s economic state.  You help no one by becoming violent during your protests.

Over the past 8 years, we have become a divided nation.  Not just divided among racial lines but divided on work ethics, morals, and the difference between what we are entitled too, what we have a right too, and what we have a responsibility too.  We have forgotten our place in society and decided to put ourselves above others.  Instead of supporting our police we bash them, forgetting they are the ones who protect us from those who would rob us, beat us, or try to harm us or our loved ones.  We as a country have truly lost our perspective and our way.  Our compass no longer points True North.

I hear people complaining about illegal immigrants being deported.  THEY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY PEOPLE.  They are taking jobs from American citizens and doing them for less cash.  They aren’t paying any taxes and they are getting free health care.  Our tax dollars are paying for them to be here.  People, our country was founded by immigrants.  It’s a country people look to, if they want to build a better future for their families.  It’s also a country that has laws and to enter this country you must do it the right way, you must get your work visa or green card and become an American Citizen.  You come here illegally and get caught you’re going to be deported.  My ancestry is filled with immigrants who came here legally from all over the world like Ireland, Eastern Europe, England, Germany, Canada, and there are even Native America Indians in my blood line, one who fought during the Civil War.  Suffice to say I feel totally justified in speaking on immigration as my ancestors were immigrants themselves.  So to make my point,  I would never let a family I do not know move into my house, knowing they are working, not pay any rent, eat all my food, use my first aid supplies, my utilities, my dishes, my furniture, and never contribute in any way.  Well America is our home and for the majority of Americans we don’t know these illegal immigrants.  If they love it so much and want to live here, why not enter the country legally and become an American citizen?  What’s the malfunction here?  Maybe because they lose all the free stuff they are getting?  Maybe because now they have to start paying taxes just like everyone else?  We have rules and laws for a reason and they must be followed or we will continue to have terrorist sneaking into our country and attacking us like in San Bernardino, CA and Orlando, FL.

This election brought up a lot of issues that people have concerns about from health care to national security.  Now that it is over it is up to us as American citizens, as a Nation to come together, to find common ground, and to move forward.  It is up to us to choose not to be racist, it is up to us to be accepting of sexual orientation and identification.  It is up to us to decide what we want our government to do for us, what bills we want our government to pass.  It is not up to the government to decide that for us.  That’s just being lazy and pushing the responsibility off to someone else.  There is more of us then there are politicians on Capitol Hill.  We make the decisions, not them.  We decide to move forward as a nation or stay divided and riot and protest over something we can’t change.

We have a choice America and so far, the days following this election many have been making the wrong choice.  The have decided division is better than unity.  I for one choose a United States of America over a Divided States of America.  I choose to move forwards in unity not backwards by protesting a lost cause.

Those are my thoughts.

The Walking Dead Season 7 Premier

the-walking-dead-season-7Wow what an episode.  The premier of season 7 for The Walking Dead was brutal and emotional to say the least. So I thought I would put down to words some things I noticed after re-watching the episode and talk about some things that should be coming and make some comparisons to the comic.  SOOOOOO if you have not watched it yet or don’t want to know what happened in the comic do NOT read further because there could be potential spoilers ahead.

First off what I noticed in this episode.

  • In the opening sequence where they show the actors names and music, they show a fireplace and in it is an iron.  In the comics, Negan uses an iron to burn the side of the faces of those who get out of line, like he did with Dwight, so we will most likely be seeing him use that iron later on in the season.
  • After that in the opening sequence they show Rick’s axe and it is bloody.  Now in the comics the Governor cut off Ricks hand.  In the show Rick still has both hands, however, in this episode they make you think Negan may be the one who will finally chop it off but then they flip the script on us and make you think he is going to have Rick cut off Carl’s hand instead before he stops him.  The fact that it is bloody in the opening sequence and when Rick gets the axe for Negan off the top of the RV and Negan lets him back in and wipes it off and gives it back to Rick saying “I think your gonna need it.  I just got a feeling.  So take it”, he said it in a way that tells me it still gets used in some fashion this season.  Either Rick is still going to lose his hand by Negan or they are going to switch it up and Rick is going to cut of Negan’s hand instead.  This is just my theory.  Everything they put in the opening sequence always has a significance.
  • Before Abraham died he gave Sasha the peace sign.  This was something the two of them would give each other that had multiple meanings.  1) everything is going to be okay, and 2) that they cared for each other without having to actually say it.
  • When Rick is on the roof of the RV Negan says “I bet you thought you were all gonna grow old together sitting around the table eating Sunday dinner living happily ever after.  No it doesn’t work like that Rick, not any more, think about what happened.”  Then at the end you have the dream sequence of them all sitting around the table eating Sunday dinner, Glenn’s child is in his lap, and Sasha looks like she might be pregnant.  Now they are telling you in that dream sequence Maggie is having a boy but are they also telling us Sasha is pregnant with Abraham’s child and doesn’t know it yet or was it just that a what might have been thought?  Remember before Negan’s men caught them driving in the RV he and Sasha were talking and they both said they felt they could have what Glenn and Maggie have and could start a family.
  • When Dwight asked Negan if he wanted him to kill Daryl and he said “No you don’t kill that, not till you try a little” I believe he is referencing fighting Daryl.  Daryl had just popped Negan really hard in the jaw and I think he was saying that Dwight doesn’t get to kill him till he has felt his punch himself.  So it is my opinion that he is planning on pitting the two of them against each other in some sort of cage fight or something to that effect.
  • When Negan hits Glenn with the bat what he looks like with the ye popping out and his head caved in is scene for scene from the comic.
  • When Glenn says “Maggie I’ll find you” after Negan hits him in the head with the bat, I think that has multiple meanings.  First when they got separated at the prison and he was with Tara and headed to Terminus he made a similar comment and when he did find her she burned his picture of her saying he would never need a photo of her again (which I think was foreshadowing that he wouldn’t need it because he would eventually be dead) the second meaning I think was that they were soul mates and even in death his spirit would find her and help guide her.
  • Then when Negan’s men are leaving you see them taking a Polaroid of Glenn which goes back to when they snuck into the building to kill Negan’s men and Glenn made his first human kill and he saw all the Polaroid’s on the wall of the bashed heads.  That was also foreshadowing Glenn’s death and then this episode them closing the loop with his picture being taken.

Now for some comic insight and my thoughts on what is too come.  In the comics Andrea is alive.  Carol died at the prison and Sofia is still alive.  When they get to Alexandria Andrea and Rick become an item.  Maggie takes over Hilltop and Michone for a brief time hooks up with King Ezekiel.  A new threat, The Whisperers also come into play as well, a group who hid among the zombies by wearing zombie skins who their leader a woman named Alpha has a daughter who ends up staying with the Alexandrian’s then going with Carl to the Hilltop.

Now for the show, Andrea and Sofia are dead, Rick and Michone are an item, Carol is alive and they have set it up for Maggie to go back to Hilltop to take over as their leader.  I believe Carol is going to take Michone’s role in the comic and hook up with Ezekiel.  If you look at IMDB in the synopsis for Episode 5 it says Carl and Enid head to the Hilltop.  Is Enid Alpha’s daughter and what they showed about her parent’s dying a false story or are they switching it up again.  Also on IMDB in the synopsis for Episode 6 it says a mysterious new group is introduced and the picture is that of zombies but if you look close it looks more like people wearing zombie skins.  The Whisperers!  It’s earlier than what I expected but hey.

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Finally to address a few things I noticed people saying about the first episode and trying to be sympathetic at the same time.  This episode was tragic, brutal, and emotional.  Those of us who have followed it since season one, we grow attached to characters, and those of us who read the comics have some insight as well as what to expect.  Even still reading the comic and seeing it on the show are two different things.  You know it’s coming but don’t want it to at the same time.  With that said, it’s still a great show and you have to accept the fact that at some point your favorite characters are going to die.  This is the zombie apocalypse.  Not everyone is going to live forever.  A lot of people got really pissed about the brutality of the episode or the fact Glenn died and said they would never watch it again or said they were rage quitting the show.  WHY?  It’s just a show.  Sure we love these characters but it is just a show and it is a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE SHOW.  PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE at some point.  If it were real and if anyone has read my blogs you know I believe someday it will happen, the truth is out there, your friends and family aren’t all going to live forever.  There will be some who die by either zombies or those living who have taken advantage of no rules and no laws.  Are you going to rage quit life because your best friend or your husband had their head bashed in with a bat or was torn apart by zombies?  Not how real life works people.  Now this is a show and not real life so lets treat it as such.  Expect the unexpected.  Expect people to die to include your favorites and accept it and admit, despite the devastating loss of the characters we love, it is still an awesome show.

 

Addison Rose

As of 2:38pm EDT, July 13, 2015, Addison Rose was born.  She was 7lbs 10oz and 20 1/2 inches long.  She is the daughter to my oldest daughter Kaitlyn and her husband Chris.  She effectively made me a grandfather and my wife a step-grandmother.  Or as we will be otherwise known as Pa-paw and Gigi.

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To Addison Rose,

I want to say you are such a beautiful little baby girl and I know I live far away from you but I plan to do my best to spoil you as much as I can.  I know you will grow up loved, happy, and into a beautiful young woman.  I hope you excel in all you put your mind too, excel in school, work, and that you know no hardships in your future, only joy, love, and financial success.

Love,

Pa-paw and Gigi

Being Brave

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There’s a quote I saw the other day and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. “Brave men may not live forever, but cautious men do not live at all.” The quote is commonly attributed to Timothy Luce who said it after graduating college in the 90’s but actually it was originated from an unknown author in the 1980’s. Another common use for this quote was in the movie “The Princess Diaries” when Amelia’s father wrote her a note stating “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all. From now on you’ll be traveling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey.”

Another similar quote goes “Success is for the BRAVE! TRUIMPH awaits to those, that are brave enough to undergo through the trials and tribulations!” – Philip T.M.

The quotes, I believe, have significant meaning because they tell us if you go through life being cautious, you’ll never really live life and if you’re brave enough to live life and put yourself out there even in times of trials and tribulations, despite any fears you may have, you will find that in the end you will find success and it will be more satisfying than if you had sat on the sidelines waiting for the storm to pass.

The past 7 years has been nothing but struggle, trials, tribulations, and full of fear of what will come next and they aren’t over and won’t be for quite some time. But I and my wife have pushed forward, we have been brave in the face of that fear, we have done everything except be cautious and wait for the storm to pass. We have made decisions in the hope that they were the right ones to help us move forward in life, sometimes they were the right ones, sometimes they were the wrong ones. We continue to learn from our mistakes, we continue to struggle each day but most importantly we continue to be brave. We may not live forever but we know we will have at least lived and not erred on the side of caution, alive but dead on the inside.

I leave you with this quote “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

A Special Mother’s Day

I know I already posted a Mother’s Day post but I wanted to do a separate post for my oldest daughter who on July 14 will become a mother for the first time.  She will be having a daughter and I’m sure they will see as she grows that their little girl is just like her mother in some ways and just like her father in others.

Becoming a mother for the first time can be scary, a parent for that matter can be scary.  Not knowing if your doing things right, making the right decisions or the wrong ones.  You can read all the books, listen to the advice of your parents, but the best thing you can do is learn what works best for your child.  Not every technique works for every child.  You have to tweek things.  You have days you are filled with stress and others filled with joy.  You have good days and bad.  In the end though, nothing compares to loving that child or children and seeing them grow and filling your heart with pride as they succeed in life.

I know she will be a wonderful mother and a great parent as will her husband and as a new Pa Paw myself, even though I live several states away, I plan to spoil that child as much as I can.  So good luck in a new chapter in your life and Happy Mother’s Day tweety.

Love Dad.

Happy Mother’s Day 2015

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So today is Mother’s Day.  I want to first say to everyone that this day isn’t just for “your” mother but if you are married and have kids, it’s for your wife too because she is a mother as well, the mother of your children.  I remember last year hearing on the radio women calling in saying their husbands said they weren’t doing anything for them because they weren’t “Their mother” and I think that is total bullshit.  They expect something done for them on “Father’s Day”.  Why is that any different?

So Happy Mother’s Day to my mother.  She truly does love me no matter what and even if at times it can be annoying she still to this day tries to call me at least once a week if not every two weeks depending on my work schedule.  Not many people can say they do that in today’s society.

To my wife, Happy Mother’s Day, she is the mother to my two step-children and step-mother to my three children.  My step-son (her son) just turned 18 and my step-daughter (her daughter) is 12.  She’s had a hard life as a mother and despite her feelings on how she did and is doing, I can say she has been a great mother to her children.  She has done everything she could within her limits and has always provided for them what they need.  They may not always get what they want or what she wants to give them but their needs are always met and that is what is most important.  Those are the life lessons they will take with them as they go through adulthood.  That is what is important.

To all the other mothers out there again Happy Mother’s Day.