Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Inmates in a Texas prison donating money to Hurricane Harvey relief....

This is an amazing story. Some inmates in Texas prisons have donated $50,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief.

I'm not naive, some people who are in prison belong there for a very long time. It would of course be a mistake to think that all of them are evil and have no redeeming qualities or can contribute nothing to society. To me, this story sort of shows that not all prisoners are psychopaths who are unable to be redeemed and belong in jail until their death.

I read somewhere that there are two types of prisoners: The stone cold maniacs who are born evil (and yes, evil does exist) and the people who had just made terrible mistakes who, if released, would never do anything wrong again. I've never been to prison and I've never worked in one, so I'm not qualified to say if that's true. This story however, is incredibly inspiring and can remind us that even people who have been forgotten by society are capable of wonderful things.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Late night comedians

Jimmy Kimmel has recently stated that he's not the moral compass of America, and thank God for it. Oddly though, he can lecture us about gun control and  socialized health care and get away with it just fine. I'm sure that if a "conservative" late night comedian (now that Red Eye is off the air, there are no conservative late night comedians) started preaching the opposite of what Kimmel believes, he'd be praised in the press and given a lot more attention.

Seth Meyers (who?) also told Trump voters that they aren't welcome to watch his show. I'm sure it breaks the heart of every Trump voter who, like me, barely knew who this guy even was.  I get it, in order to make it in Hollywood you have to have an ego, but Meyers seems like the guy who is laughing at the party at all his own jokes while the rest of us just want him to shut the hell up and go away. I don't watch late night shows (I'd in bed reading or watching sports/news) so I can't judge their quality. I am glad that the ratings for all of them seem to be down-after all, no matter how hip and cool you are if you alienate a large portion of your audience it's not good for business.

Monday, October 16, 2017

To Kill a Mockingbird pulled from schools....

And here is another sign that political correctness has gone off the deep end. The landmark novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" is being removed from a school reading list in Mississippi because it makes some people "uncomfortable".

This borders on madness.

It used to be right wing preachers organizing book burnings but now, fascism comes mostly from people who are trying to protect thin skinned babies from reality and from getting "offended". If I have to tell you why To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the best American novels ever written, then move on and don't read this blog post. It doesn't matter if someone might be "offended" or "upset" by it. I was upset reading it. Many of us where.

Spoiler alert. Read no further if you don't want to know the ending. When the accused man who is clearly innocent is killed by a group of racists, it's among the more heartbreaking scenes I've ever read in a novel. When Boo Radley saves Scout from the horrible Bob Ewell, it's among the most touching scenes I've ever read in a novel. In other words, the novel is fantastic and clearly deserves to be read by everyone.

Good art can be a little offensive. The art set loves offensive paintings, but when it comes to one of the greatest novels ever written, they are oddly silent and won't defend it. It's very depressing.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Scripture Sunday Mormon 4:5

Justice delayed is not justice denied. In society today, it can often seem like evil people get away with what they do. We read about Casey Anthony or another case like that and we ask ourselves what happened to right and wrong? It's not just the Casey Anthony case. I'm sure we could spend hours talking about evil going unpunished in the world of today.

Take heed-I'm not a lyrical poet in case you didn't know it (ten 1990's points if you get that reference) but the Book of Mormon reminds us that God will one day make everything just. The wicked stir up the hearts of the children of men, and in the end, they too will get what is coming to them. Evil will never go unpunished.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Historical perspective

Yes, I know it's not one hundred percent accurate, but that's not the point. The point is that life today is vastly, vastly superior to what it was even seventy years ago, much less one hundred years ago. This meme is perfect in that way-it shows how life was in 1942 for a large part of the worlds population. I'm no expert in World War Two, but I'm sure there was a time when the defeat of Hitler wasn't assured. Europe had to deal with the very real fact that the entire continent might be conquered by a genocidal madman. Say what you want about Trump, but no, he's not a genocidal madman by any stretch of the imagination.

It's deeper than a shot at those idiots who compare Trump to Hitler. We sit in our air conditioned houses in the summer and heated houses in the winter usually on our butts while we play Xbox, watch TV and partake in our hobbies. There is nothing wrong with that, I support you doing what you want of course-but we're not anything like the greatest generation who was being shipped out to die on the beaches of Normandy or in the battle of the bulge. We're not like the Lost Generation or World War One who was fighting in the trenches and choking on mustard gas. We're nothing like the Civil War generation who was....get my drift?

No matter how old you are, you are incredibly lucky to be alive today and have the freedoms we do. Complaining about how bad things are shows how ignorant of basic history you are.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Album of the weekend

The Donnas-Spend the Night

The Donnas are fantastic. They combine a classic rock feel with pure and simple fun. It's nothing deep or edgy here-they lack the political edge of the Dead Kennnedys and existential dread of Green Day. I'm not comparing the Donnas to the Ramones-but they have things in common. Simple music, not terribly deep or concerned with the outside world  (this would change with some later Ramones songs, but for the most part they weren't terribly political) and just here for the party. The more I think about it, the more The Donnas are like Kiss.

Spend the Night is their best album and it's the first album released on a major label. You've probably heard "Take it off", it achieved some mainstream success. My favorite song on the album is "Too Bad About Your Girl." You don't have to worry about bad songs on this album-there certainly are some, but the songs are so short that you don't have to wait long until you get to a better song. This album is worth a full download, for sure.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Girls being allowed to join the Boy Scouts

First off-this blog post is not "anti" Boy Scouts. If you like the Scouts, great. If you were a Scout, great. If your grandkid/kid/uncle/brother/husband or whatever was a scout-great. Don't take this personal.

The Boy Scouts were never my thing. I was never a Scout and I have no regrets at all about that. I'm not the outdoorsy type and even as a child I wasn't a joiner. I have no interest in joining a club that would have people like me as a member. Groucho was exactly right with that one.

So...girls are now being allowed to join the Boy Scouts. My personal opinion is that this is fine and all parities are advised to chill and let it be. However, no one agrees with me. I'm seeing people say this will be the end of the Boy Scouts. The Girl Scouts. Society. Religion. The world. I'm highly doubtful that any of that will happen, although the Scouts have been losing members for a long time now.

Change of any type is difficult to accept. In fairness the people complaining about this should have seen it coming. I remember it being talked about since the early 90's.  I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen in six months after the initial change.