Remembering Our First Job

 

Most of us can fondly recall the very first time we ever heard those magic words, “You’re hired!” In our younger days, when our résumés presented no appreciable work history, landing that first job depended more upon how well we had answered the interviewer’s questions… especially those queries specifically designed to help evaluate the level of each applicant’s work ethic, intellectual curiosity and personal integrity.

Indeed, to harbor such virtues was (hopefully still is) to earn each prospective boss’s trust… allay her/his legitimate concerns that we might be unable to meet the company’s expectations.

Of course, next came our very first day on the job… typically starting with the probationary phase where we’d remain under the constant, watchful gaze of superiors… where it’d be totally up to us to prove and improve our talents… to meet and exceed said expectations… in short… to earn our keep.

Well, nowadays, when it comes down to “hiring” / electing our representatives to government positions… well… long sigh… sad to say… it seems that expectations-wise, the bar has become set really, Really, REALLY low.

For proof, one need not look far. There’s an extraordinarily, inexperienced new hire punching the Oval Office time clock. If he, indeed, actually possesses even a minimally genuine work ethic, even a smattering of intellectual curiosity and one milligram of personal integrity… well… he’s certainly doing his very damnedest to totally deep six any evidence such virtues exist within his psyche. More to the point…

  1. So far… he has taken an inordinate number of (golfing) breaks, which I suppose is not all bad. After all, it’s whenever he IS “on the job” that the real damage begins. His idea of “a job well done” is to mass-produce chaos. More specifically… his battle plan is to unleash economic and ecological devastation… belittle and browbeat society’s young, disabled, aged and ailing… taunt, demean, objectify and assault women… harass and dehumanize the LGBTQ community… ratchet up racial and religious intolerance… exploit and crush the working poor… promote and proliferate corrupt corporations and cronyism… inculcate, abroad, feelings of distrust, disgust and flat-out hatred towards America, which can only trigger more terrorist attacks, conventional warfare and perhaps even thermonuclear exchange / mutual assured destruction (MAD).
  2. So far… his cocksure, Mr. Know-It-All bluster all but ensures the permanence of his closed minded, ignorance. Indeed, he exhibits an absolute unwillingness to learn one damned thing and possesses / is possessed by a resolve to fight off, tooth and nail, anyone even attempting to educate him.1
  3. So far… be it his improper upbringing / arrested development or his being a sociopath… he cannot even be trusted to know the difference between right and wrong… that amply proven by his own relentless attempts to quash FBI director James Comey’s investigation of the whole effing mess re Russia… and then firing said director for not knuckling under.

Remembering Our First Job, again, I now ask you, if any of us had ever, similarly, turned our workplaces upside down, don’t you think we’d have been called on the carpet? Maybe even heard the words, “You’re fired!”?

Oh, what a shame that there’s no such probationary period during which an utter failure of a prez could be pink-slipped. Oh, what a pity we cannot utter #45’s favorite “You’re Fired” catchphrase and then promptly show him the door.

Regrettably, impeachment and removal from office is a task left up to the U.S. Senate and House… both legislative bodies, at present, suffering from Republican majorities and inhabited with spineless, pathetic old men. Very few of them could ever be counted on to prioritize patriotism over petty partisanship AND may even share some (if not all) of #45’s deplorable character flaws. Needless to say, left unchecked, the so-called prez will continue hammering away at America and our world until there’s nothing left.

That means, Vladimir Putin permitting, our next opportunity to “drain the swamp” and elect new respectable, responsible legislators and a new, respectable, responsible president won’t arrive (respectively) until 2018 and 2020.

That’s when my blog title, Remembering Our First Job, will take on a far more significant connotation. What this must entail is our NEVER forgetting that, via the ballot box, WE are the bosses of our leaders… NEVER vice versa.

Citizens, not just in America, but also living in every freedom and democracy loving nation, worldwide, must ALWAYS actively participate in each and every new election cycle… view all candidates to be the job applicants they are and then interview and vet them… leaving no stone unturned. To not do so?

Well… as of my blog posting time, in the past, scant six months, we’ve already seen the massive damage done because too many fools had said, “You’re hired” to an entity who, indisputably, is devoid of a genuine work ethic… is sorely lacking an insatiable intellectual curiosity and… when it comes down to possessing a rock solid level of personal integrity… the bogus businessman is morally bankrupt.

Remembering Our First Job is also to fearlessly roar out, “NEVER AGAIN!”

 

 

1The former head of the United Negro College Fund, Arthur Fletcher, had summed it up best when he coined the phrase to lament, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste!”

 

In Response To Terrorist Acts… Past, Present & Future…

 

 

So, you kill in your god’s name, so you say?

Your Holey War1 is to make “sinners” “pay”?

“Thou Shalt NOT Kill” is NO spin,

When YOU kill folks, that’s YOUR sin,

How will YOU pay, on God’s real Judgment Day?

 

If the voice in your head orders killing,

Commands chaos and carnage, blood spilling,

No one else is to blame,

Except you, fool, by name,

Don’t you dare try to give “God” top billing!

 

Re the god, who you claim to endorse?

Be He Christian, Jew, Muslim or Norse,

Would one gentle and shrewd,

Seek your help, cruel and crude?

NOPE, that’s not work He’d ever outsource!

 

To dive off the deep end is to sink,

Try to muster sound brain cells to think,

Instead fight the insanity,

End your war on humanity,

Seek out peace of mind, hire a shrink!

 

 

1 No… I didn’t misspell “Holy”.

 

DC’s Dangerous Tangled Web of DeCeit

Electees and selectees, who hold down big government positions, must be truthful at all times. NO EXCEPTIONS! Whenever they get busted for telling flat out lies, their big boss MUST promptly bark out his trademark catchphrase, “YOU’RE FIRED!” To not do so causes the snarling, top dog to appear as guilty and corrupt as his obsequious subordinates.

Lies of omission are no better.

Often, obfuscation of the truth involves self-serving political expedience… better known as selective amnesia. Cutting through the euphemistic bullcrap, under these circumstances, what we’re actually eye witnessing are the big boss’s rat-like cronies scurrying and scampering around in CYA mode. These downright deplorables… these brazenly lying bastards are prioritizing paycheck over patriotism… career over country… and as such, MUST BE denied their cushy government positions, as well.

Other times, tiptoeing around the truth involves genuine forgetfulness. But even if such lapses of memory are not motivated by malice… even if these instances are isolated and rare… this is still reason for deep concern.

Considering how… as I type this… as you read this… tyrants (e.g. puppeteer Putin) and terrorists (e.g. ISIS / al Qaeda) are relentlessly plotting to dominate and devastate our world, we cannot afford anything less than picture perfect integrity and mental clarity from big government big shots… from the tippy top downward… all along the chain of command.

While it’s OK for forgetful people to be employed… their job descriptions had better not involve life or death decisions… where cloudy thinking could jeopardize the survival of democratic nations and freedom loving people everywhere.

Halcyon Days Lost… Forever?

 

 

Month / Day: Nine / Eleven… Year: Twenty – Naught – One,

We all lost, sense of safety, our Days Halcyon.

Despite fifteen laps, which we’ve jogged ‘round our Sun,

Still nowhere to hide. Still nowhere to run.

 

Be it al Qaeda or ISIS, or lone wolves, homespun,

Be it suicide bomber or crazed sniper’s gun.

Each insurgent’s first goal is to shock, awe and stun,

Their surprise element can’t be thwarted, undone.

 

The stick figure dispassionate, bare boned skeleton,

Once gutted of values, compassion they’ll shun.

The body count mounts, victims’ souls jettison,

Perhaps peace exists ONLY in O-blivion?

 

War on terror is futile, no truce can be won,

Each tactician in dispute is a simpleton.

Just whom do troops conquer? Zip, zero none!

Can we rise from the FALL of ol’ Twenty – Naught – One?

 

 

99 Word Blog (#035) A Hypothetical Scenario

 

 

WHAT IF, in the not too distant future, U.S. intelligence revealed that Scandinavian terrorists were planning a 9/11-magnitude attack against America? That 20 longhaired blonde women were about to go on a rampage?

WHAT IF President Donald Trump’s preemptive response incorporated many of Ann Coulter’s anti-Muslim intolerant notions into his likeminded foreign policy?

THEN he’d likely…

FIRST: attack Scandinavian nations, take out their leadership and dye all blonde females’ hair brown.

NEXT: confine all blonde American females in barbed wired, guard-towered concentration camps.

Hmmm… I wonder… would Coulter cozy up to that?

Oops… almost forgot… she’s a longhaired blonde!

99 Word Blog (#012) Grave Repercussions?

Recently, Donald Trump mentioned former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails… tacking on the following “invitation”…

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

So, what’d stop Russia’s cyberspace invasion from including devastating attacks upon America’s financial institutions, power / communications grids AND nuclear power plants?

Fear of retaliation.

However… terrorists do not feel such fear.

They, too, heard Trump’s “invitation”. How will they RSVP?

What’ll germinate from the seeds Trump has sown in terrorists’ fertile “minds”?

Another 9/11?

99 Word Blog (#007): You Make The Call!

How do you rank a society, which terrorizes / kills humanity on behalf of “god”… bastardizes “Thou Shalt Not Kill” to sanction foreign wars and neighborhood mass murder… lifts not one finger to deny guns to the itchy trigger-fingered insane… lets war criminal leaders escape justice… turns a blind eye to torture, human trafficking, ethnic cleansing, honor killing and rape… discriminates against minorities / the aged and disabled… rests a disproportionate tax burden upon the poor… intellectually / nutritionally starves billions of people… doesn’t boo hate / fear mongering, greedy, empty headed politicians off the stump?

Anyone care to comment?

10 Tough Questions With 0 Easy Answers

Considering how Nice, France has just been added to the ever-growing list of terrorist attack sites, worldwide, and factoring in how unless the world, itself, comes to an end, there’s absolutely no end in sight re future attacks, elsewhere… here are my…

10 Tough Questions With 0 Easy Answers

1. Are we, the sitting ducks, the potential future victims, starting to experience the early stages of terrorism fatigue?

2. Have we already grown weary of EXISTING in this post 9/11 world? (NOTE: I didn’t say LIVING)

3. Are terrorist attacks starting to lose their shock value?

4. Are we even capable of still experiencing the level of fear that the terrorists expect from us?

5. If we were to ever come face to face with terrorists, would our last words be, “Be sure to do a good job so we don’t survive”?

6. If we were to become fatally wounded victims would each of us find dying to be a liberating experience?

7. If the terrorist attack method would permit such a “luxury”, would our final inhalations result in our exhaled sighs of relief?

8. Would we die with “free at last” smiles on our faces?

9. Is death the one and only way of extricating ourselves from of our Godforsaken, terrorist infested, hellhole of a world?

10. Or… are we secretly beginning to wish our Maker would put an end to this piecemeal slaughter, grow a set and simply blow up the Sun… and then be done with us once and for all?

 

ADDENDUM: My apologies for my above cynicism are only exceeded by my heartfelt condolences to families and friends of the Nice, France fallen and my wishes for the fullest recovery possible for all who survived this attack.

 

Zero Heroes

If you’ll excuse the irresistible wordplay… let’s shoot the breeze.

Most of us are aware of the NRA’s mantra:

“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.”

Now… if… and let’s make that a big IF, here… IF their claim is true… this begs the question…

Just exactly how many “good guy” NRA members have fought in urban warzones… courageously whipped out their “pieces” to restore peace during those tense, every-second-counts / let’s-save-innocent-lives moments? Or stated less delicately… how many of these “gutsy” NRA “good guys” have blown away the “bad guys” prior to the real cops arriving on the scene?

Doncha think we need to know this impressive tally as well as the individual names of the heroic who’ve perhaps, singlehandedly, stopped terrorists, snipers and mass murderers dead in their tracks? You know… so we could honor them with tickertape parades down Main Street USA? Pin medals of valor to their chests? Hand them the keys to their respective cities? At the very least… wouldn’t you think that our thank-you notes and cards are in order? Perhaps even long overdue?

I mean… we don’t want them to wind up thinking that we’re ingrates… now do we?

Being one who believes in giving credit where credit is due, I decided to rev up the search engines Google, Yahoo, Bing and DuckDuckGo… where I typed in the following…

identify, by name, the NRA members who’ve used their guns

to stop terrorists, snipers and mass murderers

Folks, guess how many names turned up?

Zero… as in Zero Heroes

Now… that’s damned odd. One would think that this type of story would be right at the very tippy top of the list. But… nobody at all? How could that possibly be?

Consider this “Fun Fact”. In 2013, National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre made the claim that the NRA’s active membership stood at 4.5 million. With an organization as sizable as that, somebody, at some point or another, must’ve stepped in… just in the nick of time… to save the day.

Perhaps the media has been remiss in naming names? Naw… how could that be? FOX News would’ve been “all over” stories like that… doncha think?

Or… maybe everyone belonging to the NRA is simply too humble… i.e., they prefer to remain unsung heroes? Naw… not with their bigger than Mt. Rushmore, sized heads.

Oh… I know… might these guys be so successful in stopping the bad guys that nobody ever even finds out about it… i.e., the bad guys never manage to fire off one single shot? Naw… once again… NRA types would be strutting all over the barnyard… crowing how they had emerged victorious.

So, that means we must talk about the real reason why all four search engines stalled out / could name no names. That’s because there are no names to name. To get real, here…

When terrorists, snipers and mass murderers open fire, NRA members tuck tail and run.

Oh… that’s not entirely true… those who don’t run have probably crapped their pants.

Truth is, NRA members, for the most part, don’t actually want to take active roles in policing our society. And, this is wise, too. While they may’ve taken gun safety classes so they don’t wind up stupidly blasting holes in their own feet (and other anatomical structures)… they likely realize that they don’t possess PHDs in human psychology… and as such… they know they’re clueless as to how to actually cope with “bad guys”, who are oft daft… and as such… are not acting / reacting like “normal” human beings.

Truth is, I am commending… NOT CONDEMNING… the NRA loyal for running to safety. After all… said Falstaff in William Shakespeare’s King Henry the Fourth, Part One

“Discretion is the better part of valor. Caution is preferable to rash bravery.”

So… as for what we’ve proven here, today…

The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to never, ever let a bad guy have a gun. And since good guys, in possession of guns, accomplish very little, anyway…

Why not delegate the responsibility of stopping the bad guys to the trained, professional law enforcers?

All Creatures Large and Small

Admittedly, I had briefly considered titling this posting: “A Cute Cuddly Puppy & Kitty”. But the actual title you’ve just read is a bit more honest… for, on this new day, the “creatures” I’m talking about are none other than our world’s religious sects. These “creatures” can and oft do exert forces upon our society, which are both too large and too small.

Terrorist cells and Theocratic societies draw their energy from too large religious ideology. Blue and white collar crimes can trace their roots to too small religious influences. Either way… humanity loses.

Clearly, the polarizing, extremes of religion are not working towards the betterment of our global society. So might the solution to dealing with our world’s ills be found in a moderate, middle ground faith?

While I’d never be so arrogant as to claim I have all the answers and MOST ASSUREDLY I am NOT on a mission to ram my own religious beliefs down anyone’s throat… here’s what my CommonSenseFaith is all about.

1. I do believe in God and cannot help but base such a conviction upon some of my own life experiences. I’ve shared two of those special moments in my posts: Going Home… Going Home… and A Sliver of Sunlight. I believe, if folks stop to really think about it, some might realize they, too, have had similar “oh wow” moments in their own lives.

2. I fully accept that God may not be a wizened, old man with a long, flowing white beard… that He could even be a She OR… in lieu of that… simply be the elegant and unifying universal laws of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

3. I do not believe in organized religion and haven’t been a regular churchgoer since I was a preteen. That’s because I feel living my religion in my day-to-day life is far more meaningful than living the lie of “Only on Sunday” “morality”. Now, this is not to say that I’ve not had lapses in my own good behavior. But key here is to learn from our transgressions and then self-correct.

4. I also believe that agnostics can be and oft are paragons of virtue 99% of the time. Why not 100%? That’s because nobody is perfect.

5. I feel living the Golden Rule provides us all the structure we need… i.e., the perfect, rock-solid foundation to build a non-violent, loving, flourishing society upon.

6. I may even be like you… you, who feel that want-to-puke-revulsion every time we see fraudulent, parasitic, gold-plated, stain-glassed televangelists “fleecing” their flocks. This breed of “religion” likely ranks right up there with the pumped up on steroids, bulked up, too large sects I spoke of above.

7. While I do insist that each and every one of America’s elected leaders be a humane, humble (wo)man in possession of a moral compass, I also concur with the U.S. Constitution that religious services ONLY belong in our Houses of Worship… that they MUST NEVER be convened in the White House Oval Office, on the U.S. House and Senate floor and, MOST ASSUREDLY NOT with the U.S. Supreme Court bench serving as a rickety, makeshift altar. True… the church government mash-up a.k.a. Theocracy may work out fine in Iran… but that’s not what America is all about.

Since too large and too small religious sects are failing… I believe my seven tiered, CommonSenseFaith philosophy sounds compelling. Hell, this could even work without bringing a Supreme Being into the mix. Might such an moderate approach pave the path towards a better world? Let me know what you think.