Being Black is a choice

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blkmn1Stories about white police viciously beating black men are all over the news these days.  It may appear that these cops are deliberately targeting black men but the simple statistics show that there are more white cops than black.  There are more bad black men than there are white.  Simple logic dictates that there will be white cops busting black men.

There is no doubt that cops should not use unnecessary force on any man white or black.  There is definitely a problem here but this is not the root cause of this problem.  We are overlooking the fact that these bad black men should not be acting in such a manner that puts them in the position to be arrested in the first place.

There are two basic categories we can observe:
1. Men who are black
2. Black Men

There are Men who are Black:  Those men who are classy, educated, trustworthy, contributors to society.  These men are regular people who just happen to have black skin.

Then there are Black Men.  Men who not only have black skin but insist on ACTING black.  These are the ones who are out on the street wearing hoodies in the summer, tattooed and carrying weapons.   Here is where your choice comes in.  You don’t have to do that.  Acting this way will get you in trouble in one way or another.  If you want to be treated like you deserve then act accordingly.   If you insist on acting black then don’t complain when the consequences occur.

There is no racial discrimination due to the color of your skin.  We got over that decades ago.  The racial discrimination we are currently experiencing is the result of the way you are acting.  Normal people don’t like that and therefore have a bad opinion of you.

So stop it.  Be nice.  Be good.  Life is too short to be angry.

Remember when phone quality was good?

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oldphnWhen I was growing up we didn’t have cell phones.  We had a regular phone that plugged in the the wall of your house.  You had to sit there by the phone on the floor in the hallway when you were talking to someone.  We were fine with that.

The best thing about those old phones is that you could hear and understand EVERY world that was said.  You didn’t have to keep guessing at what the other person was trying to say as the signal cuts in and out.

I’m about fed up with cell phone technology.  You would think by now that things would have gotten better.  Call quality has actually gotten worse lately.  I’m dangerously close to calling the phone company and asking for an old fashioned line so I might actually understand what people who are calling me are trying to tell me.  It probably wouldn’t help much because the people calling me are on cell phones.

I think the time of quality voice communication is over.  Maybe we should just give it up completely and move to texting and email.  I think I like that better anyway.

Why do people hate the Jews?

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jwshThe news reports that violent antisemitism surged 40% in 2014.   I have a hard time understanding why the Jewish people are so hated across the world.  I’m not Jewish and I don’t really know anyone personally who is.  I’m sure some of them might be Jewish but they’re not very jewy.

I don’t see any good reason to hate them.  Sure they have strange customs but how horrible is that?  I would so love to belong to a group that has customs.  I’m just a white guy in Texas surrounded by Mexicans.  I’ve got nothing.

As far as I know, Jews don’t go around forcing their religion on others like Christians, Mormons and Radical Muslims.   They just keep to themselves and live a good life.  If we all did that the world would be a far better place.

I think antisemitism is based purely in jealousy.  The Jewish do well because they are smart and have good family values.  I think we could all learn a number of lessons from them.  We should all cut them some slack and mind our own business for a change.

What’s wrong with using a selfie stick?

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slfystkSo what is wrong with using a Selfie Stick?   I’m not a big fan of taking selfies but I don’t see the problem with it.  It’s not like it’s anything new.  In the past you just asked someone else to take your picture.  Now you’re doing it yourself and not bothering others.  Big deal.

You want a picture of yourself with your friends or in front of some national landmark otherwise who would even know that you were there.  There has to be proof.  If there’s no picture then it didn’t happen.

People may argue that the selfie-stick takes up space but the Earth is large.  I think a person can be afforded a few extra inches of personal space every once in a while.  It’s hardly dangerous.  It’s not like people are whipping it around knocking over the Venus de Milo or injuring someone. The physics just aren’t there.

Others call selfies narcissistic.  Maybe, but that’s none of our business is it?

Personally, I can’t see myself ever owning a selfie stick.  If I need a picture of myself I use a tripod.  Of course that isn’t portable.

In the end, who cares?  Can’t we all just mind our own business and let others live their lives?

Laptop Acquired

dllptpI have laptop again.  A few months ago my old laptop died after many years of service.  I had planned on buying a new one but found out that work was going to give me one since I would be on call one Saturday each month for a few hours.

Cool.  After receiving my Dell Core i3 laptop I immediately swapped in a SSD that I had available and installed the latest Windows 10 technical preview.   I’m back in business.

Now I should be blogging more often again because it is more convenient not having to go upstairs to use the computer.  Blogging on my iPad just wasn’t easy enough.  I like the nice keyboard and flexibility of a computer.

So… Get ready for plenty of griping, advice, observations and thoughts.

Ordered the Apple Watch

aplwtchAs I planned, I placed my order for the Apple Watch.  It is disappointing that I will not be getting it until June.   I’m also disappointed that the only choice I had with the shiny aluminum body was the white band.  I wanted a black band because that’s just the color it is supposed to be.  I guess I’ll just buy a third party leather band later.  No.  I don’t want a blue, green or red band.  That’s for children.

All that aside… I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.  In June.

I bought the 42mm body because my eyes are getting old and every little bit helps.  It was only around $50.00 more.  I’m rich.  I can afford it.

Maybe it will come early.  Sometimes that happens.

I’m going to get fat now

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ftbyI guess it is inevitable.  I’m going to get fat now.

I’m working my new job where I sit in a chair all morning then go out to lunch then come back and sit in the chair for the rest of the day.  Then I go home with no energy left so I eat dinner and lie on the couch until I go to bed.

Not a whole lot of opportunity to exercise.  I guess  I could eat less but that sucks too much.  I try to move around as much as possible but it’s not very strenuous.

It is a losing battle so maybe I should just let it happen.  Oh well.

It’s OK to do nothing

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nthgI came home from work on a Friday afternoon.  As usual, tired yet so many thing to do.

Common people might not have this issue but then I’m not common people.  I feel that I am wasting time if I am not doing something constructive.

I suddenly realized that I don’t have to do anything.  All those things I need to do can wait for another time.  There are plenty of years left to do stuff.  Why rush it?  It could be that life is better if you relax and just let it happen as it will.

Yes.  Readers of this blog will know that I already learned this lesson many times over yet I am doomed to forget all the great things that I have learned.  At least I know it right now and maybe I will learn it again in the future.

Hooray for nothing!  Nothing is awesome!

Dreamblog – Demons in the room

I haven’t been blogging my dreams lately or even blogging in general. I’ve been having tons of dreams but it hasn’t been convenient for me with the new job and the loss of my beloved laptop.  I’ll get a new one soon.

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I was in a dark room.  My small flashlight was dying like flashlights ALWAYS do when you really need them.  Just beyond the dim cone of light scurried a small animal about the size of a rat.  As the beam grew dimmer, the rat inched closer.   Suddenly the light in the room burst to life trapping the rat in the open.  I grabbed him and he turned into a fluffy cat.

I held him tight and petted him.  He was hating every minute of it and told me that he was a demon and as soon as the light went out he was going to eat me.   I didn’t care and continued to stroke him thinking that he would soon get to like me and not eat me.
In the doorway appeared a large demon with glowing red eyes.   I asked him where Alissa was and he said she was not here today.  (I have no idea who Alissa is.)

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I’m not making this stuff up.  Well, I guess technically I am but I’m not awake when I do it.  I’ve spent time reading other people’s dream blogs and they are all about banal stuff like their families, spouses and girl/boy friends, shopping.  Mine are totally non-related to my life.  It’s like somebody is beaming dreams into my head.

I hear there are “government” agents who are supposed to be electronically harassing people by beaming voices into their heads.  I wonder if something like that is happening to me as part of an experiment.  If so, I wish they would contact me because I would happily participate and write out my dreams in greater detail for them.  If I could get paid and make that my full-time job it would be totally awesome.  Say $2K per month after tax?  That’s a great deal!

Walking after work?

  When I was retired, I walked around the neighborhood every morning.   It wasn’t a lot but at least a mile to get the blood moving.  Now that I am working again, when am I supposed to get any exercise?  The only time is afterwards.  I had planned on doing it today even though I am dead-tired after being at work all day.  I finally talked myself into it but couldn’t find my earbuds.  I can’t walk without my podcasts so I guess I can’t walk.

So much for that. I think I’ll watch TV instead.

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