Baltimore

It has taken me a bit to get myself together over the latest episode of the police killing an unarmed black man.  And it turns out that Ta-Nehisi Coates said it far better than I ever could.

I think that this quote:

When nonviolence begins halfway through the war with the aggressor calling time out, it exposes itself as a ruse.

covers the whole thing perfectly.

Religious Freedom 01

Guess what, people.  You get to practice your religion up to the point where you infringe on someone else’s life.  That’s it.  That’s the cut off.  That is as far as you can push your religion.  (In fact, that is as far as you can push anything you want to do.)  That’s all “religious liberty” means.  Because if you can force your religion onto someone else, then they don’t get to take part in this “Freeedom of Religion” the Framers thought so important that they put it into the very First Amendment.

Guess what else, people.  “Religious liberty” is not under assault.  Not in any way shape or form.  What is “under assault” — a horribly inaccurate term if there ever was one — is the privilege Christians have had until recently to force their religion on other people.  It really is as simple as that, and I dare someone to prove otherwise.

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Economics and Budgets

I am not an economist.  I was a software engineer who decided to become a stay-at-home dad/Household Manager.  I had no course on Econ while in college.  I had a high school understanding of supply and demand.  A few months ago, I picked up “An Idiot’s Guide to Economics”.

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Advocating by Yelling on the Internet

So, Men’s Rights Advocates are mostly horrible people with a highly mistaken view of reality.  I admit, however, that there are a couple-few places where work could be done in the area of helping men.  The courts when dealing with fathers, while getting better, could probably be even more egalitarian.  Men could use their own shelters when they are the victims of DV.  The rate of incarceration of men, especially men of color, may be far higher than they should be in relation to women.  (Yes, I used some weasel words — I’m trying to be charitable to a generally terrible group of people.)  Perhaps there should be an organization that works towards fixing these inequities.

Apparently, not so much.

So, men who are feeling lost, unsure, threatened and violated, complaining on the internet should help you out just fine.  It’s not like a Google search for “Men’s Shelter” might give you someplace to go if you are in trouble, and maybe a place to donate time or money to help out Men.  I didn’t link because Google is good at knowing where you are and my search is not your search.

I’m sure that Google really has no response for any other men’s issues, too.

I really have no other response than what David at We Hunted the Mammoth has already said — A Voice For Men has set itself up as the premier site for Men’s Issues and they have no plans to do anything for men.

What… How… Who buys into this shit?

Tough Winter

As the title says, this has been a tough winter.  Not really in the snow department until lately, but in the cold department.  Again.  Last year’s temps were no better.  The only problem with snow, until a few days ago, was that it wouldn’t leave because we stayed below freezing for a long time.  That big storm hit the other day and now we have a lot of snow left because of the cold.

I am not going to get to go to the Philadelphia Flower Show this year — first one I’m going to miss in 4 years.  I had forgotten it was happening already, and then we had a sick son and then ice one morning and snow another.  It was not conducive to getting out of the house this week, not even to the supermarket.

Spring cannot get here fast enough.

Played a lot of the video game Destiny the past couple of months.  I like it a lot, though I am now at a point where I’m not getting any better.  The story line you play through makes very little sense.  Still, I like it.

Got a new laptop several weeks ago and finally got Daz Studio and all my content moved over.  I can get back to putting together some renders, and maybe some of them will actually be good.  I hope to get my camera out for some pictures, too.  And I keep meaning to get back to practicing guitar.  So I hope my artistic side can be exercised over the next few months.Hopefully I’ll be back before a whole month passes.

I Am So Sorry

This has been a weird beginning to 2015.  I haven’t been able to come up with any kind of post that is longer than a few sentences, and this one is no better.  At least I finally got my camera out again — first time since I made the mistake of poking my finger onto the shutter.

Pro-Tip — don’t touch the shutter in your camera with your finger.

I hope to get to posting things soon.

Comic Book Movies

I have read comic books in the past, though I was never a very dedicated collector.  My favorite superhero is still Batman.  I’ve read ones I thought had great art but lousy stories, and ones with great stories and meh art.  And like most fans, casual and dedicated, I looked forward to live action versions of the books.

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