Archive for December, 2013

Well, ’tis the season, ain’t it?  The lines have been drawn in the Battle of A&E vs. the Robertson Clan…and the Robertsons are clearly ahead.  Yesterday, their camp released a very tasteful statement saying essentially no Phil, no show.  And Yahoo News had this to say about the response from GLAAD:

In the fallout over Wednesday’s suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson by A&E for anti-gay and racist remarks, GLAAD is experiencing record levels of backlash.

“In the five-and-a-half years I’ve worked at GLAAD, I’ve never received so many violently angry phone calls and social media posts attacking GLAAD for us speaking out against these comments,” the media watchdog organization’s vice president of communications Rich Ferraro told The Wrap.

He said those reactions range from those who simply believe as Robertson believes to those who feel that GLAAD and A&E’s actions limit the reality star’s free speech.

“I don’t think this is about the first amendment,” Ferraro said. “I feel it’s more about the America we live in today. That is one where Americans, gay and straight, are able to speak out when people in the public eye make anti-gay and racist remarks.”

Let’s look at this for a minute.

Ferraro is an idiot.

NOT about the First Amendment?  Really?  Oh, baby puppy, the vast majority of free thinking Americans would beg to differ with you.  What rock did he just crawl out from under?  Bet he never had a BB gun as a kid.  In fact, he’s probably one of those that supported the 6 year old getting suspended for playing “cops and robbers”.  Does he seriously believe this is NOT about Free Speech?  Here’s the thing:  if the tables were turned and this clown had said that Phil Robertson was unenlightened and ignorant because he preferred heterosexuality ALL of the Establishment would ignore the comments, regardless of how many people found them offensive because it reflects the view of the Accepted Party Line.  Instead, this little weasel- and yeah, I’m calling him a weasel because I believe in freedom of speech- completely deflects from where we ALL know the whole damn thing is headed because even HE knows it is, in fact, a First Amendment issue.

And, if he honestly doesn’t believe that, not only is he a weasel, he’s a moron.

We’ve been down this road before; I have many gay and lesbian friends.  I DON’T CARE.  I don’t care if they shave portraits Lola Falana into the ass-end of sheep in their bedrooms.  It ain’t my business.  That’s MY opinion on the whole thing and I’m entitled to it- just like Phil.  But, if anyone out there doesn’t believe this is an attack on an individual in a position of celebrity for NOT towing the mark and vomiting whatever is socially acceptable on any given day, then take a real good look at this story.

I personally am not a fan of Hollywood Think (which could explain why none of my screenplay treatments have been picked up, come to think of it…) and I think it takes a lot more courage to speak your own Truth, regardless of what it is.  The little weasel from GLAAD is entitled to his Truth, whatever it may be, and I would be just as passionate about defending his right to say whatever.  Not because I agree with it, but because it is a FOUNDING PRINCIPLE of our country.  And I don’t agree with it- but then again, what alternative lifestyle institution is really going to come forward and SAY they don’t tolerate freedom of speech?  Kinda goes against their whole mission if they admit that one, doesn’t it?

No, I think when the dust finally settles on this one, the Robertson Family will come out on top, being the inspiration for many to have the courage of their convictions, serving as an example of personal integrity, a concept that appears to be far to rare in today’s society.  Nice work.  It’s about time we had an example of that SOMEWHERE…….


Well, They’ve really done it now.  Did They want to start the Revolution before Chrsitmas?  They fired what I fear will be the Shot Heard Round the World over at A and E over Phil Robertson’s interview in GQ.

I have so many issues with this I don’t even know where to start.  Here’s Phil’s quote that all the Progressives are flipping out on:

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he tells reporter Drew Magary. “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

He also muses rather colorfully about his own sexual orientation: “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”,0,4998406.story#ixzz2nw8JpViO

(thank you, LA Times).

First of all, seems to me that this is Phil’s OPINION.  OPINION, people.  Remember when it was really okay to have one of those, especially if it was different from someone else’s?  Remember when we had something in this country called THE FIRST AMENDMENT????  We live now in Orwell’s vision, where we’re all created equal-some of us are just more equal than others.  Isn’t that right, Snowball?

Let’s understand each other here.  I do not agree with Phil’s comments.  I have many gay and lesbian friends and in my own personal experience I believe people are people.  Period.  But, that’s MY personal experience, much like Phil’s beliefs come from HIS.  This goes WAAAAAAYYYY beyond the LGBT debate.  Now, we’re treading on even MORE sacred ground kiddies:  The Constitution of the United States of America.

Here’s the deal-and, Phil, I hope you’re out there listening- if we don’t start backing each other on PRINCIPLE and ignoring the personality, we are screwed, my friends.  We have, at that point, sunk to the level They want us to, where we’ll sell our own mothers and eat our neighbors.  We get to THAT point and there is NOTHING-and I mean NOTHING- that separates us from the animals.

I guess Voltaire isn’t part of Common Core.

I take issue with the morality in this country these days because there isn’t much of it.  I myself am not even Christian- I’m Pagan and probably not someone Phil Robertson would even hang out with, even though our lifestyles and moral groundings are incredibly similar.  But, that’s okay.  Phil doesn’t have to like me.  I would like to think, though, that if They start rounding up the political malcontents such as myself Phil Robertson would step up and say “Oh, no- I don’t think so.  She has a right to her OPINION.”

Truth is Truth, no matter how you look at it; Obama left four men to die in Benghazi-truth.  He lied about the Abominable Care Act- truth.  He has let the NSA run amok on the lives of private citizens-truth.  Personal Truth, however, is incredibly subjective.  Phil Robertson’s personal truth includes a belief in Hell.  Mine includes a belief that we make our own Hell.  Phil Robertson’s personal truth includes Jesus Christ as his personal savior.  Mine includes Jesus as a master healer and incredible teacher of basic morals we can ALL learn from (yes, including us Pagans).

When it becomes a crime to speak your own personal truth, when the Thought Police monitor your own private musings, especially when you’re in a position of celebrity, we have an issue.  And we sure as hell got one now.

I’ll light a candle for Phil and his family tonight and pray that whatever direction their path takes from here, it does the least damage to the integrity of the family and the most to teach honor to Them.  They need it one hell of a lot worse than the Robertson clan……

The Definition of Insanity….

Posted: December 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

Well, here we go again.  Just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any more bizarre.  Have you heard who the new head of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is?  Mel Watt wass appointed by Obama himself to oversee the federal loan institutions.  This normally wouldn’t be a problem.  Except Mel Watt is a big ol’ buddy of Barney Frank’s and, as reported in the Ulsterman Report,

“The North Carolina congressman is a consistent, long-time supporter of affordable-housing quotas. He joined Barney Frank in 2003 to block the Bush administration’s attempt that year to increase government oversight of Fannie and Freddie.

In 2002, Watt  teamed up with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, Bank of America, BB&T, and UJAMMA Inc., to announce Pathways to Homeownership, a pilot initiative designed to give home loans to welfare recipients . . .

In 2007, a full year after the real estate market peaked and began to plummet under the weight of millions of mortgage defaults, Watt and Frank co-sponsored a bill forcing Fannie and Freddie to meet even higher quotas for affordable lending. “

Is this for real?  Isn’t that a little like the fox guarding the hen house?  Did Obama even THINK about this one or did he just pull the most IMPLAUSIBLE name out of a hat and go “Yeah, sure- I’m cool with that.”

Oh, and did I mention he’s a socialist?

Guess we’re looking at  The Great Recession Part Deux headed our way, kiddies, if not worse.

I cannot make this shit up.  If I was blogging on COMPLETE FICTION I’m not sure I could come up with a scenario that good.  And this all brings us back to the same question I’ve been asking myself for the last five years:  Who the hell is running the country?!?!?  Is there ANYONE in Washington that’s paying attention to this crap?  Aside from Ted Cruz and a handful of compatriots, does Washington just not give a shit about the American people?  I think we can safely answer that with a resounding NO.  With the exception of Ted Cruz et al, the “politicians” in D.C. have long since given up on the American population, a basic sense of honor, rational thought and having any trace of a soul.  There is no moral compass they follow, no rational explanation for their actions other than financial gain.  That’s what it is really all about for people like Reid and Pelosi and Graham and their ilk.  It’s all about the Benjamins.  As long as they have theirs, who cares?

This is NOT the country I grew up in.  And take a good look around, because it will be even more screwed up tomorrow.  I’m one person.  I don’t know what to do anymore.  So, I’m starting from where I’m at. My kids have more integrity and honor than ANYONE on Capitol Hill.  They were raised with a sense of self-responsibility and they know the difference between truth and bullshit, right and wrong.  They and other kids like them are our last best ‘hope.  And I hope like hell they can maintain the path they’re on-they’re the last chance we got…..

So I quit my job this week.  I have been waylaid by the flu for a while and had lots of time to just reflect.  And the more I reflected, the more I realized I did not belong at that place anymore…and I’m not sure that I ever did.  Ya know, I’ve always been one of those people that looks for the lesson in every situation, every event that takes place in life.  And I’ve come to realize that it’s not always YOUR lesson to learn.  Maybe it wasn’t mine.  From the getgo, it seemed like a weird place for me to be.  At first, I thought, well, I MUST belong here because everyone else is as weird as I am.  Then it was I MUST belong here because of the reality show and my desire to write for Hollywood, etc.  Of course, we all saw it spiral into I MUST belong here because I’m being punished for something.  But, maybe I never belonged there at all.  Maybe I was SOMEONE ELSE’S catalyst for a change.  For me, it will just be marked up as a another transient episode in my life.

And it’s not such a bad thing, to be COMPLETELY starting over.  Actually, that’s not true- it sucks.  Now, I have to convince a brand new group of people I’m still 38-and I’m only gonna be able to pull THAT bullshit off for so long—but I WILL say it’s at least fitting.  My oldest son has been gone to basic training for a month now, I lost 12 pounds while I was sick, and I don’t FEEL like who I was 30 days ago.  The whole network engineer thing?  Yeah, I’m good at it- I’m real good at it.  But, I also make one hell of a curry and I’m a beer pong natural.  It all pretty much means the same thing.  None of it really defines me or who I am-not in my head, anyway.

In my head, I’m an artist-and a damn good one.  In my head, I’m a writer- and a damn good one. In my head, I’m a musician-and a damn good one.  And I have this sort of irreverent faith in a broader calling for myself than what I’ve been doing.  I KNOW I’m destined for more, for different.  I KNOW there’s this space Out There that I DO well and truly belong in, where the Writer and the Artist and the Musician coexist peaceably with the rest of the world.  It will find me.  Rarely does the place of your belonging illuminate itself along your path–no;more often than not it sneaks up behind you and lojacks you when you least expect it.

For now, my focus will be on developing the tv series treatment, working on the novel(s) and maybe beginning a technical dissection of the mechanics of LOST for my blog followers (ie; me).  And of course the political dissident in me will be making every attempt to get sentenced to a FEMA camp–there IS comfort in familiarity.  I don’t know if it was the smart thing to quit my job, or the wise thing.  But, I DO know it was the RIGHT thing–I don’t like feeling that jaded and cynical–it’s not in my nature, and yet, that place was making me that way.

I guess there’s not a whole lot left to say about it expect that I jumped and I’m waiting for the net to appear.

Until then, I just have to ask………………”Naked and Afraid”.  What.  The.  Fuck.  ???