Forgiveness In Kathy Griffin’s America

Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” Nelson Mandela

One of the greatest challenges all Americans face, both left and right, is forgiving those who would take away those rights we hold dearest, while continuing to fight for those very rights. Today we are clearly a nation divided. Too many Americans focus on revenge for past persecutions, rather than forgiveness and healing. Too many Americans tolerate this kind of vengeful behavior as long as they see it as politically correct.

Society has persecuted same-sex couples for millennia. Only in recent years are we beginning to move past this and enter an era of understanding and acceptance. Globally, the battle for acceptance of same-sex couples has a long way to go. Unfortunately, as this group slowly becomes empowered, able to freely determine their own fates, they are using the current political climate to attack Christians and traditional society. The persecuted have turned into the persecutors, flexing the power government agencies steeped in the new culture of political correctness. Instead of embracing forgiveness and healing, letting go of past wounds, some in the LGBT community are seeking revenge. It only takes a few militants to keep the wound open.

The divide between white and black America, an ugly, festering gash, had been slowly on the mend since the Civil War. Between April 15th, 1865 and April 4th, 1968, countless Americans, mostly black, gave their lives in hopes that men and women would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Over the past twenty-five years I have sadly watched as a resentful, vengeful black community actively undermines the hopes of great men and women, from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King to Rosa Parks.

Rodney King was not a black man randomly beat by police for drinking from the wrong water fountain. Rodney King was a criminal thug who resisted arrest, who also happened to be black. The Rodney King scenario has repeated itself over and over again for the last quarter century. When a criminal thug with a record a mile wide, the sort of mug only a mother could love, spends his time on Earth terrorizing his community, who resists arrest and fights with police, finally gets killed, there are two distinct standards of judgement. If the thug is white, Hispanic, or Asian, no one cares about race. Society judges the thug by the content of his rotten character. However, if he is black, he is judged solely by the color of his skin, not his rotten character, and the outrage over his death generates riots.

In the end, there is no difference between a person of color who is passed over for a job or a promotion solely because of the color of their skin, and the white police officer who gets anonymous death threats because he or she has the misfortune of killing a black gang-banger with a gun during an arrest gone wrong. Neither scenario is just. Both people are victims of racism. Both situations further divide and build resentment within the community.

Both Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela preached the power of healing and forgiveness, not revenge and retaliation when you obtain power. Wallowing in resentment and anger stifles everyone’s ability to live. Defend yourself and your rights, but stop seeking revenge. Turn the other cheek. Understand that not everyone has to conform to your way of thinking, your lifestyle, in order for you to be happy.

So where does Kathy Griffin fit in to all of this? She recently sported a bloody, severed, head of the duly elected President of the United States. Not only was it rude, crass and vile, her actions were a distillation of the angry, vengeful resentment that left-wing America has been incubating since they lost the election. This constant negative pressure, insults, mockery, anger, and resentment is not going unnoticed by those Americans who elected Donald Trump and truly want him to be successful for the betterment of America. Hilary Clinton is still campaigning, and President Obama refuses to get off the sideline and retire. None of it is good for America. Just as discriminating against Christians will not further same-sex rights and attacks on police will not solve black crime and discrimination, the flailing resentment by the post-election left will do nothing to heal a divided America. I have already forgiven Kathy Griffin for disrespecting the American presidency. I wish her no ill will. The question now is, can Kathy Griffin let go of her anger towards me because I voted for Donald Trump and want him to succeed?


Kathy Griffin Blames Trump

Do you remember the classic definition of a bully from when we were kids? A bully is someone who persecutes and belittles others, encouraging members of their clique to do the same, in hopes of glorifying themselves and raising themselves up. Classic bully tactics include being sorry only when you are caught, and then blaming your victim as though they brought it on themselves. When I was a kid I was on both ends of the bully’s stick, and only as an adult did I truly comprehended the hurt I caused to a handful of my classmates.

Like many American lefties, Kathy Griffin is a classic bully. She attacked someone she did not like in hopes of making herself the center of attention as all of her friends laughed at her victim. Keep in mind, had some conservative comedian sported the bloody, severed heads of her friends, Senator Clinton and President Obama, Kathy Griffin would have been first in line to publicly excoriate that jokester. But since it was her being the crass bully, she went into full bully mode and became the first lefty to stop blaming President Bush and start blaming President Trump. It is all Trump’s fault and she is “scared”… of what, I do not know, as President Trump seems to be doing a pretty good job so far. Let’s just hope, that someday Griffin will grow up and understand not only that what she did was wrong, but why it was wrong.

Kathy Griffin said she thinks the current controversy will end her career. We can always hope. A few years checking groceries might do her good.

Source: Kathy Griffin just responded to the Donald Trump photo controversy – The Washington Post

Murders in US very concentrated: 54% of US counties in 2014 had zero murders, 2% of counties have 51% of the murders – Crime Prevention Research CenterCrime Prevention Research Center

You can examine the picture of the US counties in more detail by opening it in a new tab. The Distribution of murders The United States can really be divided up into three types of places. Places where there are no murders, places where there are a few murders, and places where murders are very …

Source: Murders in US very concentrated: 54% of US counties in 2014 had zero murders, 2% of counties have 51% of the murders – Crime Prevention Research CenterCrime Prevention Research Center


Three Simple Solutions to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Recently a deacon at my church went off on the congregation calling us hypocritical Christians if we supported President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration. He is a big-hearted fellow and the church has a very large Hispanic population, so he believed he was saying the right thing to the right group. Unfortunately, he is a bit ignorant of world history as well as current events. He bought into Amazon’s television advertisement, released in time for Advent, where the priest and imam exchange Christmas gifts of knee-pads. While his heart is in the right place, wanting to bring peace, safety and security to the suffering, he is also willfully ignorant of the consequences of careless, feel-good immigration policies. He also seems to have forgotten that the Bible tells Christians to respect and adhere to the laws of the land where they live. Europe is years ahead of America when it comes to transplanted Muslim communities. In place of gratitude for their charitable actions, absorbing a never-ending stream of refugees from one conflict or another, they now have to deal with hundreds of Muslim neighborhoods that are “no-go zones” for police. Nice, eh? So when my deacon stood up and sermonized that I am a hypocrite and a hater, he missed the mark. It is not out of hatred that I want a strict American immigration policy. I simply do not want all the troubles that open borders have caused France and Germany. Not that he will ever read this, but here is my response to his impassioned sermon disguised as a homily.

There are three very simple three-step solutions to the current Syrian refugee crisis.

Solution Number One – Peace:
Step 1. Islam, the religion of peace, stops fighting.
Step 2. Refugees return to their homes.
Step 3. Syrians learn from their mistakes, and rebuild as a peaceful and prosperous country.

Solution Number Two – Extreme Bloodshed:
Step 1. Earth’s forty-three Muslim nations open their hearts and borders to their suffering Muslim brothers and sisters and give them refuge for the remainder of the conflict.
Step 2. The two warring side gather all their forces, drive out into the desert, have one great battle, soak the sand with needless bloodshed, and achieve absolutely nothing of substance except their mutual destruction.
Step 3. Syrians learn from their mistakes, and rebuild as a peaceful prosperous country.

Solution Number Three – Hit Them in the Pocketbook:
Step 1: The United Nations sets aside a permanent territory for Muslim refugees, regardless of the current conflict, Shiite, Sunni, or whatever, conveniently located in the region of the Middle East so various refugees can easily gain access. It would be like a summer camp facility that rents out to various groups as conflicts wax and wane.
Step 2A: Frozen funds from terrorist groups would finance the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2B: Frozen funds from terrorist sponsoring nations would finance the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2C: Muslim nations would fund the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2D: Nations and manufacturers who make and sell weapons to current warring factions would fund the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 3: Islam would look at the financial cost of hatred and war, and finally stop fighting. Peace would ensue and refugees would go home to build a peaceful and prosperous country.

The Ridiculous Solution – Political Correctness:
Step 1. Through international meddling, ensure the Syrian and like conflicts continue for many, many years.
Step 2. Export the refugees to foreign countries thousands of miles away, with radically different cultures, religions, languages and ways of life where they will have no choice but to seek out culturally like-minded neighborhoods as a matter of survival.
Step 3. Allow these Muslim neighborhoods to become police “no-go zones” where the laws of host nation are disrespected and ignored in favor of Sharia law, ultimately bringing microcosms of Islamic conflict to the rest of the world.

Islam, the religion of peace, has been in a constant state of war since 624AD. They fight each other, and they fight Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists. They have openly vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and drive the Jews into the sea. Since the decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th Century, Islam has engaged in perhaps the greatest ongoing genocide in the history of modern man. Millions of Christians and Jews, as well as followers of fringe Muslim sects, have been slaughtered in the name of Allah over the past 130 years, starting with the Armenian Genocide. Today, Christianity and Judaism are on the brink of extinction in many Muslim countries. The Shiites and the Sunnis do not live in peace with each other or anyone else. America and Europe cannot solve the humanitarian crisis generated by 1400 years of discord, hatred and war. Our efforts amount to applying a band-aid to a cancerous tumor. Islam created this problem and Islam is the only entity that can fix it. That will not happen until they acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, and that Jews and Christians are in every way their equals. Oh, and stop fighting. Until then, the endless fighting and suffering will continue until there is a clear winner and everyone else is dead, no matter how many refugees we take.


Baby Boomers and Generation X owe the Millennials an Apology

Not long ago I was talking to a Millennial friend of mine who was bemoaning his inability to get to work on time.

“I need to get you a copy of Poor Richard’s Almanack,” I laughed. All I got was a puzzled look from my friend.

“You, know, ‘Early to bed and early to rise…?” I asked, hopefully.

“Huh?” he replied.

“Ben Franklin?”

He shook his head.

“Electricity? Spectacles? The pot-bellied stove? Ben Franklin? The guy on the one hundred-dollar bill.”

“Oh yeah, he is the only non-president, right?”

“That’s the guy,” I said, “He wrote Poor Richard’s Almanack. It had lots of useful information and sayings, like ‘Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,’ You should have learned about it in grade school.”

My friend shook his head. He did not know anything about the life and times of Ben Franklin.

There were several other Millennials in our group. Young adults educated in schools all around America. None of them had heard of Poor Richard’s Almanack, and Franklin was just the face on the $100. Why he was there, they knew not. I groaned and said something about the sad state of education in America.

When I was a kid, we learned fun facts about Ben Franklin the writer, inventor and scientist in class. When I was in high school we learned about his political life and how he was an integral part of American Revolution and the early survival of our nation. My teachers had survived the Great Depression, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. An elderly Auschwitz survivor came to my school and showed us her tattooed serial number. My teachers made sure, as poor a student as I was, that I knew my origins. Not so much, today.

Today, we live with an educational system where it is no longer politically correct to teach that our Founding Fathers were great men who wrote, and fought and died for, the Constitution of the United States of America, the greatest document of its kind ever to exist. Now that Common Core is the rule of the land, our children are no longer being taught to read and write cursive, so it is only a matter of time before Americans cannot even read the Constitution in its original form. Today’s teachers, made up primarily of Baby Boomers and GenXers, have absolutely failed to teach the Millennial generation what they need to know to survive, starting with the wisdom found in Poor Richard’s Almanack. For that, we owe them an apology.

“Sell not virtue to purchase wealth nor liberty to purchase power.”

“Meanness is the parent of insolence.”

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.”

“Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that.”

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

“Have something to do tomorrow? Do it today.”

“There are no gains without pains.”



Pokémon Go – Worst or Most Brilliant Game Ever – You Decide!

If I were to develop a game, a form of purposeless, recreational entertainment, with the sole purpose of having a bit of fun at the expense of others, I would start by convincing the game’s players to download an app that turned their smart-phone into a virtual beagle. Beagles are some the best hunting dogs around. They go a-sniffing and a-howling and can scare up just about any sort of quarry, dragging you along in just about any direction. Then I would encourage the players to take their virtual beagle for a walk, so it could sniff out thousands of little, invisible digital cartoons. I would tell the players the little cartoon drawings were TERRIFYING DIGITAL MONSTERS capable of doing battle to make them feel better about themselves, but they would still be nothing more than poorly drawn cartoon characters. Each virtual beagle would then drag their owner around a virtual map overlaying the real world, as they sought out the exact locations of all the little, invisible, digital cartoon characters. Once the beagle found its quarry, the smart-phone would suck the invisible cartoon out of the air and display it for everyone to see. It would be an endless digital treasure hunt. Call it a form of instant-gratification geo-caching for the lazy.

I would then hide my invisible cartoon characters all over the world in all sorts of unexpected, humorous and dangerous locations. I would put them on private property to make sure the players broke the law and trespassed. I would put them in the middle of busy intersections, homeless camps, abandoned warehouses, mines and wells. I would put them in the middle of swamps and lakes, off the edges of cliffs, near dead bodies, in government buildings and restricted areas of airports. The players would become my own personal zombie army, blindly following their virtual beagle in search of brains… oops, I mean TERRIFYING DIGITAL MONSTERS!!! I would then send my newly created young, urban zombie army into the midst of Black Lives Matter protests as well as to the Democratic National Convention where they would be rewarded with the ultimate fighting edition of a cartoon Bernie Sanders with kung-fu grip. I would make other little cartoons available at only certain times of the day, certain days of the week, as well as seasonal special characters, making sure players who played 24/7 were well rewarded. Every city and every country would have their own special character, encouraging the players to spend money traveling all over in search of rare and TERRIFYING DIGITAL MONSTERS.

I would then give players the ability to gather in groups, say at transit centers, shopping malls and public parks, so their smart phones could take the little cartoon characters and do battle with other smart phones’ characters. It would be like taking the virtual beagle to the virtual dog park for virtual play. It would be a great twist on live action role-playing, or LARPing. We could call it Virtual LARP or V-LARP. The players would simply mill around fiddling with their phones in awkward groups while passers-by wondered what the hell they were doing. If some gutsy onlooker were bold enough to actually ask what all the weirdness was about, sum yung guy could condescendingly say, “We are V-LARPing. There is an epic battle of TERRIFYING DIGITAL MONSTERS going on as we speak. You have heard of V-LARPing, haven’t you?” and then giggle maniacally.

But the joke, the real joke, the super double-secret inside joke, would actually be on the players themselves. I would be watching them and keeping a scrapbook of all the stupid things they do and all the trouble they get into while questing for invisible cartoon characters, and laughing until my sides split open. The trip to the hospital would be oh-so-worth it! I would be sending out camera crews to monster hotspots and secretly film everything. Then I would get a good writer and film a prequel to the great American satire, Idiocracy, called Pokie Man’s Zombie Horde. If I were to develop that game.


Another Mass Shooting Just Took Place, ONE Reason You Didn’t Hear About It

After 5 police officers were killed and another 8 people injured in Dallas, Texas, all attention seems to be focused on just that. Unfortunately, another mass shooting just took place – and there’s only one reason you didn’t hear about this one.

Source: Another Mass Shooting Just Took Place, ONE Reason You Didn’t Hear About It