For those of you out there that write their blogs on whatever comes to mind have you ever hit a dry spell and not known what to write about? I have realized over the past year that most of my posts come from fodder provided by people on forums I frequent. Also known as blog fodder, these topics are provided usually by people whose point of view are not only different from mine, but are also teetering on the edge of the absurdity abyss.
This week it seems that the topic catalyst has been hyperactive in providing me subjects. However, I am not one to dole them out one at a time to give myself daily inspiration, I want to just blurt them all out at once and get it off my chest. Here we go:
1. Corporal Punishment. Corporal punishment is NOT abuse. If a child needs spanked as a way of getting them to know the difference between right and wrong, they need to be spanked whether at home or in school. I am not saying they need to be beaten, that is abuse, but spanking is not abusing the child, it’s called parenting. The saying “Spare the rod, spoil the child” is very true. This topic was on a forum and I relayed the story about the day my daughter came home from middle school and announced that a lady had come to talk to all the students at a rally. The lady told them that if their parents ever spanked or hit them in any fashion the child could call the police or tell counselors at school and the parents would be arrested. I told her that if she did anything that mandated a spanking, she would get a spanking. Her response was “If you do, you’ll get arrested.” I am sure she was feeling empowered by this anonymous lady.
My first reaction was wanting to go find this person that had told the children that and give her a piece of my mind, but I refrained and responded to my daughter in a very calm voice “Well if you ever try and have me arrested for parenting, you better have a place other than here to live. Because this is the kingdom of Mommy and Daddy and we make the rules.”
One of the first responses to my post was “So you terrorize the child instead of beating them?” My response to that was “No, when your own child is given the impression that they control the household and are empowered over their parents, you let them know in no uncertain terms that their vision of power is nothing more than pure fantasy. Amazingly, I never had any problems with my daughter after that, and other parents who didn’t remind their child who the parent was did have problems with their children.”
It is frightening how many people today have children but don’t parent them. That is part of the problem with society today that needs to be repaired but it has gone on so long that it won’t be an easy fix.
2. Military Benefits. Another forum has a person who posts anti-military on as many topic threads as he can. A couple of times his sophistry has actually persuaded a few people to jump aboard his train of thought for a little while. Yes, there are certain benefits military personnel receive for putting their lives in harm’s way. When in combat, they get combat pay and their income is tax exempt. If married and living off post, they get an allowance for food and housing which is tax free. If they are hospitalized, they don’t have co-pays or deductibles. If they contribute to a plan, once they get out of the military they are entitled to education benefits. The amount they receive in education benefits is dependent upon how much they contributed to that benefit.
The one thing this poster failed to comment on, and refuses to admit, is that there are no other occupations where your employer can force you to go into combat and there is a great probability of you not coming back. When brought to his attention, his response is always “you volunteered to do that.” When someone replies back “Yes, and for volunteering for this, the benefit package is a reward for doing so”, his response is always “But it is the taxpayers who have to pay for it and that’s not fair.” He cannot understand that it is through these patriots who are willing to put their lives at risk for our freedom that we are afforded the rights and freedoms we take for granted.
It turns out that this guy tried to get into the military but was sent home from basic training. He claims it was for double vision, but if he had double vision, he would not have made it into the military in the first place.
3. I don’t care what political party you are affiliated with, if you blindly vote the party line, you are part of the problem with what is wrong with America. Obama is a blight on America because time and time again he breaks the constitution by bypassing congress and signing executive orders on things congress won’t pass. He has made it to worst president in history in polls time and time again dethroning President Carter. There is a district attorney who was convicted and sentenced to 45 days in jail for driving while intoxicated. This person who is charged with upholding the law thought the law was below them. When the governor of that state called for the person to resign, they refused. The governor then cut funding to one of the positions this person held and the response was to indict the governor on criminal charges. Since the governor and this person are in different political parties, there are those who side with the district attorney based solely upon the party differences. There are also those who say Clinton should be the next president based on two things. First being she’s a woman; and the second being she’s a democrat. The fact that she turned her back on four people she was entrusted to protect at Benghazi and the fact that she and her husband were neck deep in a real estate scam back in Arkansas and only by way of her husband’s position at the time were they not convicted of fraud.
On the same note, it was rumored that Dick Cheney was peddling contracts for the Middle East to friends of his. This should have been investigated thoroughly and if found to have substance, action taken to remove him from office. The executive and legislative branches of the American government were not set up to make people rich even though there are many who use it for that purpose.
There was a report that came out a couple years ago showing the wealth of elected officials at the time of their election and their wealth at the time of the report. It was disturbing to see that all of a sudden people who went to Washington D.C. to represent their constituents became multi-millionaires on their paycheck from the government.
Another report says the vast majority of Americans vote based on the candidate’s looks and quality of their voice, next was their political party, and bringing up dead last was the substance of their platform. This shows the vast majority of voters are ignorant. That’s right, if you voted for a candidate for any reason other than what they stand for you are an idiot.
4. Lastly, the riots in Ferguson, Missouri. After a black man was shot and killed by a police officer, people started protesting to find out answers. This soon escalated into rioting with looting and arson. Police responded with tear gas and rubber bullets as a less than lethal means of breaking up the rioters. Then others got involved to further their own means.
First the media used this situation for ratings. By interviewing people who claimed they had a right to loot and burn to show the police that the people controlled the city, not the police. While many were calling for calm and level heads, the media ignored this and went to talk to people who were trying to agitate the situation. One station went as far as showing the police officer’s home in their report. After the damage was done, they apologized.
Then came the idiots like Sharpton and Jackson, along with the “new” Black Panthers who wanted their share of the fame. They could not care less about the original situation, only that they get their face and name on TV. Where were these people when the previous month in Chicago had 82 people shot in 84 hours? Nowhere to be found is where they were.
Then it comes out that the man shot had robbed a convenience store with his friend earlier in the day. The same friend that told everyone that their hands were up in the air when the police officer shot; the friend that failed to mention that his “innocent” buddy was trying to wrestle the firearm away from the police officer when he got shot. When this came out, the deceased’s parents cried out that the police were trying to character assassinate their child. I understand that the parents are hurting over the loss of a child, but when that child’s actions caused the incident, responsibility has to be accepted.
As far as the looters are concerned, they came in and looted businesses, many of them owned by local people. All of them employed people from the neighborhood. They stole from their neighbors and then burned down many of the businesses. These same people who looted will now be crying because businesses have abandoned their neighborhood and there is nowhere to work. Some in the community claimed it was outsiders that came in and looted. I shook my head when I read this, because that same story showed a woman in a bra and panties leaving a store carrying a television set. I’m sure that woman drove into Ferguson from out of town and then stripped down to her undies to loot. She was a local and so intent to get her share of the booty that she didn’t even bother to get dressed.
I’m done now. I’ve covered four subjects in one post and got all the pent up writing out of my system. Have a great day!