Friday, October 18, 2019

Brain Dump

This was posted on a friend's social media. I politely chose not to respond. They're allowed to believe what they want. I'm not the thought police. I needed to explore each topic, to explain to myself what I believe and why:

13. I believe in so-called political correctness. I prefer to think it’s social politeness. If I call you Chuck and you say you prefer to be called Charles I’ll call you Charles. It’s the polite thing to do. Not because everyone is a delicate snowflake, but because as Maya Angelou put it, when we know better, we do better. When someone tells you that a term or phrase is more accurate/less hurtful than the one you're using, you now know better. So why not do better? How does it hurt you to NOT hurt another person?

Political correctness is not social politeness. There's a difference: One controls language, the other encourages civility. Neither one is in the Bill of Rights. Neither one falls under Life, Liberty, or the Pursuit of Happiness.

Newsflash: I am not responsible for anyone's feelings but my own. This is true of everyone. Holding me responsible for someone else's choices and feelings is unfair, unreasonable, and unkind.

How a person feels is not who they are. The thing about feelings is that they change. Several can be felt at once. Sometimes, feelings contradict the truth.

This discussion isn't simply about a change of names. This has reached much deeper. This has become about pronouns that defy science. Is everyone expected to keep a log of how to refer to everyone who wants to be called something special? Who sets the standard? What makes them qualified to set that standard? Who decides whose feelings are more important?

How does it hurt? People are losing their jobs and being jailed for using the "wrong" pronoun. People who are strangers. We aren't talking about a friend refusing to use something different; we're talking about strangers, who don't know. Even if they do, they are being asked to lie.

Because of the lying I grew up in, telling the truth has become of vital importance to me. In fact, to help me recover from the twisted logic I was raised by, I create Rule #1: Stop lying, especially to yourself. Why am I expected to break my code of honor for someone's feelings? A perfectly reasonable code of honor. You can be jailed for lying. I do not intentionally hurt people, and you're cruel to suggest that I do.

What is better about lying?

Thursday, October 17, 2019

REAL Week 533

REAL - Reduce stress Exercise Adequate sleep Lower caloric intake

What Navy SEALs are required to do to make it into BUD/S:
Right up front: Never in a million years could I do what is required. However, I needed to start somewhere. Considering how fit the SEALs are, I figured it was a good place to start. My pushups are against the wall.

Using 1, 2, and/or 4-lb weights:
PT ~ Physical therapy
UBP ~ Upper body exercises, pushups, and chair sits against the wall

SEALFit shared some good hints I want to learn and remember:

11: 1/2-mile walk PT UBP 0-lb x3 Stretch

12: 1-mile walk PT UBP 0-lb x3 Stretch

13: Rest

14: 1-1/2 mile walk PT UBP 0-lb x3 Stretch

15: 1/2-mile walk PT UBP 0-lb 
x3 Stretch

16: 1-1/2 mile walk PT UBP 0-lb x3 Stretch

17: 1/2-mile walk PT UBP 0-lb x3 Stretch

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Brain Dump

This was posted on a friend's social media. I politely chose not to respond. They're allowed to believe what they want. I'm not the thought police. I needed to explore each topic, to explain to myself what I believe and why:

12. I believe the systemic racism and misogyny in our society is much worse than many people think, and desperately needs to be addressed. Which means those with privilege -- white, straight, male, economic, etc. -- need to start listening, even if you don't like what you're hearing, so we can start dismantling everything that's causing people to be marginalized.

I believe racism and misogyny exist. I also believe they are manipulated. I see a lot of people looking for the worst, even if they have to make it up. Not everyone wants to "get along." Many people profit from creating chaos.

Are there those who discriminate? Always have been. Always will be. Did you know the first American slave owner was a black who owned a black? Did you know that the majority of slaves of the era didn't come to America; they went to Brazil? Did you know that Native Americans had slaves long before the Pilgrims arrived and didn't set them free until long after the Civil War was over? Slavery still exists in the world and is not outlawed everywhere.

By living in the United States of America, you live in the privileged top 18% of the world, as in richest people in the world. 82% of the world's population lives with less privilege than you and everyone else in the United States.

What is your definition of privileged? What is your definition of marginalized? Who decides? If you own a smart phone, you are more privileged than I am, so do you need to start listening and start dismantling everything that's causing me to be marginalized? Because I don't have all the luxuries others have, would you label me marginalized? Why? Who are you to label me? Just because you're miserable with how you see life doesn't mean you have the right to subject me to your point of view. However, I do believe in free speech, so you have the right to say it, as long as you don't try to force me to think like you. That would be fascism.

I'm weary of good people being blamed for the bad behavior of a few. Bad behavior, racism, misogyny, or anything else that's mean and hateful is not limited to the privileged or marginalized, be they white or black, straight or gay, male or female, rich or poor, or whatever, etc.

"Be the change you want to see."

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

One Day Follow Up

NASCAR ~ 5 McDowell 6 A. Dillon 24 Wallace 26 Truex

How'd I do, so far?

Physical therapy ~ So far so good

Walk ~ So far so good

Scripture study ~ So far so good

Edits ~ So far so good

Read ~ So far so good

Eat healthy ~ So far so good

Good sleep ~ So far so good

Errands ~ Not yet

Make something fun ~ Not yet

Give the battle to God

Praise God in the storm
Cool clouds. I didn't move.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Carpe Diem... Talladega

NASCAR ~ Delayed by rain

What needs to be done?

Physical therapy

Walk

Scripture study

Edits

Read

Eat healthy

Good sleep

Errands

Make something fun

Give the battle to God

Praise God in the storm

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Thank Goodness It's Sunday 487

~ Cooler weather

~ Electricity

~ Encouraging friends

~ Healing

~ God's grace


Saturday, October 12, 2019

End of the Week Follow Up

How'd I do?

Physical therapy ~ Done

Walk ~ Done

Scripture study ~ Done

Edits ~ Doing

Read ~ Done

Eat healthy ~ Pretty good

Good sleep ~ Mostly pretty good

Errands ~ Done

Make something fun ~ Yes! Ornament cookies, S'mores cookies, and brownies

Give the battle to God

Praise God in the storm

Friday, October 11, 2019

Brain Dump

This was posted on a friend's social media. I politely chose not to respond. They're allowed to believe what they want. I'm not the thought police. I needed to explore each topic, to explain to myself what I believe and why:

11. I believe our current administration is fascist. Not because I dislike them or because I can’t get over an election, but because I've spent too many years reading and learning about the Third Reich to miss the similarities. Not because any administration I dislike must be Nazis, but because things are actually mirroring authoritarian and fascist regimes of the past.

I noticed similarities with the last administration, and the one before that, and the one before that... Welcome to big government, and you want to make government bigger and give government even more power.

For argument's sake, where is the evidence of an effort to take over the world? Granted, the US has interests all over the world, so yes, we're spread all over the world. However, I see withdrawals from being involved in everyone else's business, except as it pertains to the US.

Where are the signs of severe economic and social regimentation? A reduction in taxes and not just for the top tier, doesn't fit, though some states have raised taxes to crippling rates. Reduced unemployment is a sign of the opposite. Encouraging businesses, including small businesses, by a reduction in regulations, is also a sign of the opposite. (Those regulations were signs of fascism as they were meant to punish businesses not in favor with those who want to dictate what energy you use, what you eat, what you buy.)

What forcible suppression of opposition? Have television and radio stations been taken off the air that I haven't heard about? Are people being silenced? Conservatives are being silenced and de-platformed, but not by the current administration. That is being done by organizations opposed to the current administration.

Votes are not being suppressed. Requiring an ID is not suppression, unless you think it's suppression to require an ID to drive, own a phone, rent an apartment, buy cigarettes and alcohol, have a credit card, do business with a bank, have health insurance, pay taxes... okay, taxation is theft, but income tax started back in the early 1900s. Kind of silly to blame the current administration for that one.

Citizens are not being rounded up and put into jail for no reason.

The only people being slaughtered are unborn babies, to the tune of millions, but too many don't object to that.

This accusation shows a disturbing lack of knowledge of what fascism looks like, unless you're willing to include the last 100 years of administrations that have increased the size of government and slowly eroded rights, like freedom of speech (including offensive speech), freedom of religion (not from religion), the right to bear arms (shall not be infringe), the right to due process (civil forfeiture and red flag laws violate that), among other things.

Many of the people screaming FASCIST don't seem to know what fascism actually is even while they practice their own variation of fascism. Many of them praise the likes of Che, who was a brutal dictator, and others of the same ilk. The impression I'm left with is that "you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Thursday, October 10, 2019

REAL Week 532

REAL - Reduce stress Exercise Adequate sleep Lower caloric intake

What Navy SEALs are required to do to make it into BUD/S:
Right up front: Never in a million years could I do what is required. However, I needed to start somewhere. Considering how fit the SEALs are, I figured it was a good place to start. My pushups are against the wall.

Using 1, 2, and/or 4-lb weights:
PT ~ Physical therapy
UBP ~ Upper body exercises, pushups, and chair sits against the wall

SEALFit shared some good hints I want to learn and remember:

4: 1/4-mile walk PT UBP 0-lb x3 Stretch

5: 1-1/4 mile walk PT UBP 0-lb x3 Stretch 1/2 hour yard work

6: Rest

7: 1-1/4 mile walk PT UBP 0-lb x3 Stretch

8: 1/2+ mile walk PT UBP 0-lb 
x3 Stretch

9: 1-1/2 mile walk PT UBP 0-lb x3 Stretch

10: 1/2-mile walk PT UBP 0-lb x3 Stretch