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on george carlin.

Pretty sure if there were ever a man capable of foreseeing the future, George Carlin would be it.

"Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice … you don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying … lobbying, to get what they want … Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want … they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that … that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers … Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin’ retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it … they’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in The big club. By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people … white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means … continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you … they don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all … at all … at all, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream cause you have to be asleep to believe it …”

Dec 5

on altruism.

Two very different scenarios:

The first:

I am greedy. 

- Because I am greedy, I am going to work my ass off.

I do this because I know that to succeed, I must work harder than someone else, who is also trying to succeed. 

- Because I work my ass off, my company will become more efficient and therefor see their profits rise. 

As my business makes more money, they will be able to expand and create more jobs.

More jobs created results in less homelessness, lower crime rates, and a better society.

The second:

A government wants to help the poor.

- Because they want to help the poor, they tax companies’ profits more and more with the goal of helping the less advantaged. 

- Because they know that the larger they get, the less profit they will make, the business decides not to hire more employees.

- Because businesses hire no new employees, unemployment grows, crime rates increase, and society experiences a general downturn.

We would do well to remember that greed does much more for a society than altruism. Just saying.

Dec 1

on music.

I have established that music is the only way the soul is able to transcend this existential plane.

Recently, I have embarked on a journey to widen my musical tastes. This week, I found an artist that many have undoubtedly already been introduced to. The artist’s name is irrelevant, for it is the nature of her music that intrigues me. Lyrically, her composition is pretty mediocre. When I say mediocre, I do not mean that the words she speaks are inaccurate or even really displeasing. The lyrical composition is just… well, it’s just downright clique.

That being said, there is something about one particular song I can’t quite put my finger on. In fact, it is only one portion of one song that interests me. The voice is a bit raspy, and the piano constitution is rather basic. Yet, I seem to feel that the piece is beautiful, and I can’t quite explain why.

It could be that I have a tendency to over-analyze these sorts of things, especially when it comes to the consideration of feeling. Nevertheless, the enjoyment I receive from such an unexceptional tune must be scrutinized.

Why is it that the combination of mediocre lyricism, a a colorless voice, and basic piano composition evoke such affectivity? When segregated, none of the aforementioned traits should evoke any kind of positive emotional response. 

My supposition is that music, however technically challenged it may be, is the closest humans have ever come to meeting the Creator. When an individual embraces a tune that strikes their soul, the technicalities of this plane simply disappear. It is no surprise that from it its outset, worship has generally included music of some form or another.

reflections. -t.

ilovecharts:

arnndffr:

Whelp.

Thanks. Giving.

ilovecharts:

arnndffr:

Whelp.

Thanks. Giving.

(Source: devinkevine)

thatheartonmysleeve:



So, this page caught my eye when I was reading People Magazine. This couple right here is Allen & Violet Large.Allen is 75 & Violet is 78. They met in 1964. Ever since 1983, they have purchased two lottery tickets every week. Last year, Violet called the lottery hotline to check out the winning numbers, & turns out they won. They won $11.2 million dollars. & guess what they did with it? They donated it all to doctors, their own country, family. & kept none for themselves.
They say they are content with their ‘87 Dodge Diplomat Suburban & their 148 year old Victorian home,
Here’s a quote from Violet near the end:
” Money can’t buy happiness.” ” We have everything we need; I have Allen and he has me.”


I will always reblog this.

thatheartonmysleeve:

So, this page caught my eye when I was reading People Magazine. This couple right here is Allen & Violet Large.Allen is 75 & Violet is 78. They met in 1964. Ever since 1983, they have purchased two lottery tickets every week. Last year, Violet called the lottery hotline to check out the winning numbers, & turns out they won. They won $11.2 million dollars. & guess what they did with it? They donated it all to doctors, their own country, family. & kept none for themselves.

They say they are content with their ‘87 Dodge Diplomat Suburban & their 148 year old Victorian home,

Here’s a quote from Violet near the end:

” Money can’t buy happiness.” ” We have everything we need; I have Allen and he has me.”

I will always reblog this.

on fence-sitting

There is strength in bold speech, but there is also wisdom in silence.

As I watch the Occupy (insert city name here) I wonder where the fence-sitters have gone. It would seem as though our generation is forced to make a decision as to which side of an issue they will support. Individualism, it seems, has become a thing of the past - as one is goaded and prodded into deciding which of a few choices they will be deciding on. 

What happened to the people who would sit on the sidelines? Those who gently kept reminding us that the role of non-participant is as important as that of the warrior.

I am the .000000003 percent. In this, I am me. I am not the 99%, nor am I the 1%. I am one of 300 million Americans. I am not rich, poor, black, white, Christian, Jew, or Muslim. I am me. And let me tell you, being me is pretty awesome.

It would be really cool if you could just be you, too. 

I really miss the fence-sitters.

on days.

today was the greatest and most terrifying day of my life. i got a job, an apartment, and was notified that my social security number has been used by an unknown individual for the past 22 years. kudos to you, anonymous individual. I can haz it back nao?

ilovecharts:

There, I fixed it.
-mirandamarie

ilovecharts:

There, I fixed it.

-mirandamarie

realization.

Happiness doesn’t come from some guy who tells you he’s going to steal the rich’s money and give it to you. In fact, that’s the opposite. Happiness comes from a day spent outside, or in a factory, or some other dismal setting, knowing that you kicked yourself in the ass all day long to make a buck. Self-reliance.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

ilovecharts:

-somedumbelixer

ilovecharts:

-somedumbelixer

on happy days

I makes me so happy that many of my LGBT colleagues and friends are now getting the respect they deserve - not only in their communities, but also on the political stage in Washington. There is still a lot of work to be done, but for today I will be jumping with joy.

popculturebrain:

Justin Bieber’s Pissed Off | Buzzfeed
Justin JOHN Bieber that is.

popculturebrain:

Justin Bieber’s Pissed Off | Buzzfeed

Justin JOHN Bieber that is.

Jun 9

On “Hope” and “Change” - A Call and a Warning

For those of you who were hoping that this would be a scathing critique of President Obama, I’m sorry to disappoint you. President Obama is a politician. Politicians use rhetorical phrases to represent ideals. That being said, these ideals - hope, change - have been a part of the American citizenry long before they were dampened down for use as a campaign slogan. I have lifted some of the following ideas from Larry Sabato’s A More Perfect Constitution. I highly recommend reading at least the preface. 

On Hope

The Constitution of the United States of America was written by men who were both pragmatists and idealists. Yes, I promise you that the two can exist in harmony with one another (shocker, right?). In fact, Thomas Jefferson wrote that “every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another… the care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” President Abraham Lincoln supported the concept of “malice for none, charity for all.” We would also do well not to forget an idealistic young Senator from Massachusetts who advocated that we “ask not what your country can do, but what you can do for your country.” We certainly should add Reagan’s idea of America as a “shining city on a hill” to the list.

With all due respect to President Obama, the hope that we have in this country is a hope that we will all help one another. We do not hope that the government will provide everything we need. We do not hope that maybe one day things will work themselves out. We hope for better days, yes, but our hope does not come without labor. We are a nation of doers. We do not sit back and hope for the best to occur - we make it happen. When we decide that our greatest hope is for change, we do it.

On Change

"WE THE PEOPLE of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union… do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." And we can change it. Power to the people. A radical concept right? In my opinion, this concept is what makes the United States so great, and so different from other developed states. But this power has a dark side. What happens when people stop caring, stop performing their civic duties? What happens when leaders stop adhering to the regulations set forward by a country’s founding documents - and people let it slide? What happens when the legislative branches become disenfranchised from their constituencies? What happens when one branch gains control over another?

Has the American way of life become so detached from American politics that we are no longer capable of keeping our politicians in check? No. While the cynics would lead you to believe such fallacies, they are incorrect. I conclude with the following selection from the Sabato text:

The cynics are wrong. Shadowy, uberpowerful conspiratorial forces do not run this country. We do. If we choose to act, change will be the result. Just in recent decades, the civil rights pioneers, the grassroots peace activists during Vietnam, consumer advocates, and the tax reduction supporters at all levels have proven the point… More than at any other time in our history, progress can be generated from the bottom up, not just the top down.

The time has come for the next Constitutional Convention.

don’t give up.

we still have great power.

it’s time to use it.

-t.

Jun 4

on marriage.

Since I have recently (read: just got back from) a wedding, this post shall be about the union between two loving partners. Yes, I said partners. Get over it. God doesn’t care who you marry - just that you stay loyal to that person. But I digress. This post is not about socio-political issues like gay marriage or civil unions. It is about the love of two people.

Tonight, I had the distinct ability to bear witness to the union of two individuals. I have no doubt that these two people will love and honor each other for as long as they live. While this is undoubtedly a wonderful thing, what struck me the most was the story of the bride’s grandparents. During the course of the wedding reception, the DJ hosted a special dance for all of the married couples. All married couples joined on the dance floor. Several moments later, the DJ instructed couples that have been married for less than a day to exit the dancing area. He then continued telling people to exit the dance floor if they had been married for 5 years or less, then 10 years or less, and so on. Eventually, all had exited the area until the only couple left was the bride’s grandparents. It came to be revealed that these loving individuals had been married for 61 years!

In a time where marriages seem to be as disposable as plastic cups, this type of longstanding union makes me question what allows two individuals to remain devout and dedicated to one another. Is it the modern times? Has love diminished from our lives? Has the social structure killed the concept of everlasting love? Many of my friends have gotten engaged int he past month or so, and I cannot help but wonder if these unions will continue for such a long time. 

I submit that love is alive, even in today’s disposable society. Call me a hopeless romantic. Call me old school. I don’t really care what you call it. Those who know me best know that my parents have been together for 25+ years. During the twenty-some years that I have been able to observe their marriage, I have realized that love is not just something that occurs naturally. Love takes work. Love takes dedication. Love takes steadfast resolution. Most of all, love takes an individual admission that one is not the sum of all things. These adjectives are more than simple statements. Such descriptions are not simple cliques or words that can be taken lightly. These are things which the heart must dedicate to in order to succeed in marriage. I hope you take these words to heart if considering joining in the Holy union with your partner.

Respect yourself.

Respect your partner.

Create love.

-t.