I Faced My Fear

Shot from the opening of “Have Gun Will Travel” right before Paladin points the gun at us.

This will sound really trivial, but to me it’s not.

I love the western television program Have Gun Will Travel. It stars Richard Boone as Paladin, a term fans of fantasy roleplaying may well recognize as referring to an honorable and exceptional knight. As described in the ending theme song as sung by Johnny Western, he is a “knight without armor.”

So what does this have to do with facing my fear? The opening of each episode features the same short visual scene, although the words are different, taken from the particular episode.  But each time we see Paladin aim a pistol directly at us–at me.  At that part, I always either skip it, turn away, or close my eyes.  Maybe it was because the fear of being shot by a gun was pounded into me as a kid–at the same time I was encouraged to go hunting.  Maybe it’s because I was once shot (although it was only a small piece of a bullet and the wound was trivial).  Maybe it’s because I’ve been the subject of several death threats.

In any case, today I watched an episode called “The Teacher” written by series co-creator Sam Rolfe.  I did not fast forward through the opening, I did not turn away, I did not close my eyes.  I felt uncomfortable, but I watched.

Later in the day, I watched the video for The Beatles “I Am the Walrus.”  I’ve seen it many times, but it always rather freaked me out.  This time it didn’t.

FM Mind Control

“In telecommunications including radio, frequency modulation (FM) is the encoding of information in a carrier wave by varying the instantaneous frequency of the wave. In practice, it is used as a form of mind control.”

This article featured on the front page of uncyclopedia reads more like Wikipedia than Wikipedia–but in a very twisted way.  It was composed by article by a couple friends of this site, Miley Spears and Pope Hilde,

FM on Uncyclopedia

Do The Oppressed Support the Oppressors?

“Contrary to the ‘rugged individualism’ myth Americans fancy about themselves, we are, in fact, wholly dependent on each other. “

An opinion by guest blogger Faizeh Al-Zarqa.  This was originally posted one year ago, but is as relevant today as it was then.

A couple weeks ago, we were watching Samantha Bee and she was showing a clip of Rep. Louis Gohmert rambling on in his usual nonsensical way, and she made some jokes and said something to the effect of “Thank goodness there’s no one crazier than Louis Gohmert!” At that moment, I turned to Drew and said, “Except Steve King.” I had barely finished saying that when she rolled the clip, and Gohmert was relinquishing his time to his colleague and friend Steve King, who went on to say more ridiculous things. In case you don’t remember who Steve King is, he’s the representative from Iowa who loves to say (in seriousness) racist things. Last fall, I watched, live, as he stated that all good things and societal advances have been made by white people. He argued with the other people on the panel when they tried to correct him. He is someone who truly believes white people are superior to others, and more importantly, a whole lot of people think he is a good representative for them.

Science has shown us again and again that when a person or group in power must relinquish any portion of that power, even to make things more equitable, they will often perceive that loss of power as persecution and/or oppression. The interesting thing is that often, groups who have been the minority groups are so socialized to accept the power of the majority group that they will often perceive that loss of power as unjust as well. Our brains are malleable and fascinating! One study on gender equality in the classroom showed that when the teacher purposely made time talking in class equal between genders, both groups perceived that the women were talking 90% of the time and the men only 10%, even though they each had the floor 50% of the time. Typically, men and boys take up about 80% of classroom talking time.

Anyway, back to Steve King. Clearly, he represents a lot of people who are either in agreement with his racial viewpoints, or not bothered by them. Clearly he is able to walk the halls of the capital and make friends with others who are either in agreement or not bothered by them. This is not just your racist uncle you have to try and ignore on holidays.

While it may feel good to punch nazis, that response does nothing beyond giving these people another way to feel persecuted. I would suggest another method- ostracizing them. Stop working with them. Stop tolerating them. Stop f***ing voting for them. Contrary to the “rugged individualism” myth Americans fancy about themselves, we are, in fact, wholly dependent on each other. Denying people our resources and company because they don’t deserve any goodwill will probably not get them to practice self examination, but it will force them to bury those destructive and evil views where they will only eat at the holder of said views.

Faizeh Al-Zarqa is a dancer and dance instructor who also raises awareness of social issues, some that are often missed. In the Kingdom of Caid in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), she has served as Regent, Minister of Arts & Sciences Officer, Kingdom Chatelaine (administrator for newcomers), Regent, and Queen.

The photo Diversity and Unity is by Frerieke from The Hague, The Netherlands. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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Preteen Space Force

In the preteen stage, the individual goes through changes that are shocking to himself or herself, and to everyone else.

All right, so the articles “Preteen” and “Donald Trump declares Space Force” are not connected.  Other than they’re both satire, both on Uncyclopedia, and both written by a member or associate of The Loveshade Family.

Preteen” by Miley Spears (with help) was chosen as the feature article on Uncyclopedia.

“Everybody will look up in the sky and ask is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Space Force!”

Donald Trump declares Space Force” by Alden Loveshade (with help) was chosen as the lead UnNews story on Uncyclopedia and appears in a slightly different form on the other Uncyclopedia.

Enjoy.

Photo credits appear on the respective articles.

The linked articles do not necessarily reflect the views of The Loveshade Family or of any preteen or resident of planet Earth.

Donald Trump Mouth and Brain

To me, Donald Trump being president of the United States is not a Republican/Democrat issue. It’s an American issue, and ultimately a world issue.  There are so many problems here, but for now I’ll focus on one: sounding like a president.

I’ve listened to every president, Republican and Democrat, from the 23rd on (starting with Benjamin Harrison).  They all had one thing in common: all of them sounded like they could be president of the United States.  With one exception: Donald Trump.

Admittedly, when Donald Trump is reading a script written by someone else, Trump sounds like a president.  But when Trump speaks words that actually come from the mind of Donald, we have what’s in the caption.  And more.  We have narcissism, paranoia, immorality, lies, and, in this speech, almost incoherent rambling.

Yes, we’ve had elements of all the above in other presidents.  But none of them came close to The Donald.  Donald Trump, by speech and actions, continually violates the values of the conservative Republicans and Evangelical Christians who supported the man, or veers off into incoherency. I keep hoping that the Republican Party and Evangelical Christians will return to their own values and stop supporting a supreme commander who is supremely unqualified for what is arguably the most important position in the United States of America.

In my opinion, the president of the United States should at least be able to communicate effectively and intelligently without having to use someone else’s words.

In the words of Donald Trump, “And hopefully the brain attached to the mouth.  Right?”

Donald Trump’s speech 5 July 2018
Snopes fact checking of the posted image frrom that speech
The presidents speak from the 23rd on

Thanks to Fred Milton Olsen for sharing the image on Facebook which is how I found this.

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For Father’s Day America Steals Children

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions is using a Bible verse to justify ripping children away from their parents. They’ll hint the parents might not get their children back. The government actually admits they’re using this as a threat.

What kind of country is America anyway? Call or write your representatives!

Jeff Sessions uses Bible to justify taking children

Stephen Colbert on Jeff Sessions and taking away kids

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X-Day is Coming. Are You?

“X-Day is a traditional part of the Church of the SubGenius, a religion formed as a parody of cults and extreme religious groups, and their pamphlets and claims. X-Day fell on July 5, 1998, the scheduled ‘end of the world’ and has been celebrated on July 5 each year since then. From its inception in 1980, the Church had prophesied that an army of alien invaders (known as the “X-ists” or “Men From Planet X”) would land on the planet Earth and destroy the world of “normals”, “pinks”, and “glorps,” while the members of the Church of the SubGenius would be rescued by the aliens and taken away into space.” — Wikipedia

The X-Day Devival actually begins before July 5. Don’t be late!

X-Day 21 poster as seen at the link above is used to illustrate the event; no threat to copyright is intended.

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SCOTUS Strikes Down Ban on Politics at Polling Places

The United States Supreme Court said Minnesota’s ban on political clothing at polling places was too broad and vague.

SCOTUS Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.said:

“A shirt declaring ‘All Lives Matter,‘ we are told, could be ‘perceived’ as political. How about a shirt bearing the name of the National Rifle Association? Definitely out. That said, a shirt displaying a rainbow flag could be worn ‘unless there was an issue on the ballot’ that ‘related somehow . . . to gay rights.‘ A shirt simply displaying the text of the Second Amendment? Prohibited. But a shirt with the text of the First Amendment? ‘It would be allowed.‘ “

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Lowlife Slimeball Salacious Oligarch Kakistocracy

 

American flag with today’s trending words.

Merriam-Webster (to which I, ahem, made extremely small contributions) has words Trending Now on its website.  One of the foremost dictionary producers in English language history, it works not to set trends, but to report them.

In today’s political and social climate, what were the five top recent trending words in the English language?

  1. lowlife ‘a person of low moral character’
  2. kakistocracy ‘government by the worst people’
  3. slimeball ‘a morally repulsive or odious person’
  4. salacious ‘arousing or appealing to sexual desire’
  5. oligarch ‘government in which a small group exercises control’

Welcome to today’s America.
Merriam-Webster.com

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Original flag image by Dawn Hudson was released into the public domain; our version here with Merriam-Webster’s Trending Now words we also release.

Chinese Zoo Visitors Kill Kangaroos

Red Kangaroo, photo taken at Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, Australia (photo by Rileypie).

If you had any doubt that zoos in China are often terrible, you should have no doubt now.

Visitors wanted some kangaroos to hop for their entertainment. When they didn’t, the visitors threw rocks at them. One helpless kangaroo was injured, another died.

Should we stone an animal to death because it won’t dance?

Chinese kill zoo kangaroo

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