Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Say what you will about the American political process but the fact remains that in this country we are free to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Or swear one in...
As my weary eyes strained to remain open that gloomy Friday morning, I watched the inauguration or should I say the coronation of now President Trump.
As the rain fell on a dreary Friday afternoon in Washington, the bible wasn't even cold as the newly anointed President Trump delivered red meat to rabid supporters. A scene worthy of any "El Presidente'" dictator complete with clenched fist and "America First" exclamations.
Claims of "the largest inauguration turnout ever!" denied by oceans of whitespace on the National Mall flickering across America's TV screens like some surreal CUT without the requisite PASTE.
The weekend found blistering retorts of "The Media" for "misreporting" of the inauguration turnout from Trump's proxy mouthpiece Sean Spicer. Soon followed by damage control from Campaign Manager turned Propaganda Minister Kellyanne Conway who explained "Shotgun Spicer's" outburst as nothing more than "Alternative Facts."
Saturday found Trump galloping over to the CIA , entourage in tow, to express his undying love and admiration for the organization he maligned just a week earlier. Interspersed with his adoration, thinly veiled threats to fall in line along with the suggestion of a new mission.
CIA, KGB, hell, why not...
That was followed up on Tuesday with news that the EPA has been officially "silenced" leaving Global Warming activists scrambling to back up government data that provided evidence of the phenomenon's legitimacy. Data that was very much in jeopardy as Trump began his work to remake government in his own image.
Another stroke of the pen among many found new life for the Keystone XL and Dakota pipeline projects. Worsening fears ever more realized.
The hits just keep coming with the latest the claim that "3 to 5 million votes" were cast illegally ultimately costing him the popular vote. No evidence was offered for this opinion other than Trump's own narcissism.
There's more to come but in less than a week Trump has managed to threaten or overturn every policy of his predecessor while alienating U.S. allies and silencing any government agency that may have evidence to contradict his whims.
Let's not forget the cabinet, A Secretary of State plucked from the executive suite of Exxon, Rex Tillerson. A man unapologetically cozy with Russian Dictator Vladmir Putin with a history of working against his own country's interest in favor of his own.
Or Betsy DeVoss, pick for Education Secretary. A woman with no education background, an active supporter of charter schools over public schools and a stakeholder in a student debt collection agency.
Perhaps the most laughable of picks, Rick Perry for Energy Secretary. A man who once promised to eliminate the department he's been picked to lead. A man who up to a week ago wasn't aware that his department was in charge of the U.S. nuclear weapons program.
There's more to come in Trump's Kangaroo Cabinet as well as such gems as his pick for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai an enemy of Net Neutrality and government regulation of public airwaves.
There's a pattern here as plain as the plaid on a Grunge band's shirts.
Does this sound like the ramblings of a "Butt-Hurt Libtard?"
Maybe to the less than 30% of the country that still supports Trump. If, however, you have any sense of history it should be obvious that the actions of Trump are not those of a thoughtful man concerned with country but rather with self promotion.
The swipes at the press, cabinet picks the antithesis of their office, a muzzling of contradiction no matter how valid. These are more than just the actions of a President setting a tone early in his tenure. It's the foundation of something far more dangerous.
This is the President that would be king.
That protests took place during the inauguration, that the streets were empty as Trump's motorcade went by and that women all over the country marched in opposition to him the next day cannot be dismissed unless you just don't care to know.
Do you care to know? Or is your patriotism limited to a hat....
Friday, January 20, 2017
"We enslave, torture, and murder billions of cows, pigs, and chickens every year and nobody bats an eye. A dog is forced to swim for a scene in a movie and everyone loses their fucking minds."
That quote is from yet another Vegan "activist" on Reddit hijacking a thread to draw yet another false equivalency to make a ridiculous point.
That being of course, the evils of factory farming somehow not rising to level of someone who beats up a dog.
I'm sorry if I offend anyone with this but dammit....
I'm sick of half-baked, half-assed activists whose only goal in life it seems is to make everyone else feel miserable.
So thank you Veggie Nazi, you've given me inspiration.
Since there never seems to be a separation for you people let's just make the assumption that you feel all meat is bad and we're all going to hell for eating any of it.
Regardless of whether or not it's "factory farmed."
You tend to deal in half-reasoned absolutes so that's how I'm going to address you...
Now, let's talk about those beleaguered chickens, cows and pigs shall we?
Yes, they're animals and yes I wouldn't be a very good butcher because they have eyes and would look at me. If I had to do the deed to save my life, I'd likely starve to death. The prospect of reducing one to it's constituent products is not something this society has raised me to deal with.
That stems mostly from the fact that I was born into a world with indoor plumbing and something other than animal skins and fig leaf jockstraps.
Let me be clear having said that. That's no excuse for inhumane treatment of any living thing but let's get real here. These keyboard ninjas swilling their fat-free smoothies and soy milk treat anyone that's ever visited a drive-thru like they were Jeffrey Dahmer.
Let's get this straight....
There's no such thing as a Free Range Chicken. I mean really....
Do you think there's some golden, sunlit valley somewhere teaming with cackling hens dancing around crystal streams where they live out their happy days to a ripe old age?
BS, they'd all starve to death in a week.
All Free-range means is that they don't get caged up. That's a good thing but they're still destined for the dinner table.
They wander around aimlessly pecking the ground cackling and crapping. Most of the time simultaneously. They're dirty, ill tempered and unpleasant.
Pigs aren't much better. It's been said that they supposedly have the mental equivalent of a 3 year old human child.
Which explains the general hygiene of most 3 year old's.
Beef cattle, much like Chickens, exist to be eaten. They, like Chickens, spend most of their day wandering around aimlessly grazing and crapping. Without much regard for either other than continuing the acts.
I suppose identifying with 1000 pounds of manure factory is someone's idea of bliss but only if you think Tofu and plain yogurt taste like anything but ASS.
I'm a realist and as such I am fully aware that all of these "endangered" livestock exist in nature for no reason OTHER than to be a meal for something else.
This is how nature made them. I'm no evolutionary biologist but I'm fairly certain that cows, sheep, pigs and chickens can trace the roots of their place in the food chain back to similarly situated ancestors.
Should we decry the fate of the Ant when the Anteater comes around? The Mouse when the Cat catches him?
Just because they're cute doesn't elevate them above livestock.
I suppose Native Americans were monsters for killing Buffalo.
Never mind they made use of virtually every part of the animal.
"Barbarians!" you say. "They should've been eating grass and leaves!" (and maybe smoking some too!)
I don't put much faith into that biblical nonsense about "Man's dominion over the Earth." I'm pretty sure nature gives you a few perks and you battle it out from there.
"What about the dinosaurs," you may say, "the largest were almost always herbivores!"
Yeah, they were and they didn't move very fast either. Know why? because the carnivores needed a steady food supply and rats on the forest floor weren't going to cut it.
They were beef cattle.
Humans? We're Omnivores. Our bodies don't work right without a balance of both flora and fauna.
Sorry buddy, it's just how we're made and why all those Veggie Nazis always seem to look so sick.
Yeah sure. Point to those rail-thin Victoria Secret models prancing around. All of them looking like they're in dire need of a sandwich with something other than air between their gluten-free bread.
That's not even an acceptable female body image these days. So what about that Mr. Activist? Promoting an unhealthy body image seems to me to be far worse.
The old adage of moderation in everything applies. Some of this, some of that and things go much better.
Sure, there are 100+ year old vegetarians.
They look like crap...
But to the point of this little piece...
The guilt-trip has to stop. Spare me the evil eye while you're choking down your rice cakes and hand-raised soybean spread. I'm perpetuating no evil.
You know damned well you want a burger.
How do I know?
Because there's an entire industry that's grown up around your mania catering to your natural desire for balance. A need for sustenance that doesn't normally end up in a lawn mower bag.
Fake burgers, fries, ice cream, even milk.
If you're so happy with twigs and leaves why do companies make millions producing soybean saturated stand-ins?
Get off your high horse. Besides, did you ask it if it actually WANTED you on it's back?
You're not superior, you don't have all the answers, and you need to stop assaulting everyone with your absolutes. Nobody will care about your cause if you alienate everybody.
Yes, treat animals humanely for God's Sake! Just keep your condemnations to yourself if I choose a more traditional path.
The two aren't incompatible.
Remember, Absolutes are for Sith Lords and Fascists.
Don't be a Sith Lord.