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HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 1

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 2

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PART 3

HISTORY, CIVICS, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY PENSACOLA’S FIVE-FLAGS DISPLAYS

YOU SHOULD BE TIRED OF IT TOO

ON JUNE 17, 2015, DYLANN ROOF MURDERED NINE PEOPLE AT MOTHER EMANUEL A.M.E. CHURCH IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

“I know you’re a strong supporter of the Second Amendment–is there anything about this situation that makes you think, ‘Okay, should we rethink–is it time for some kind of change?'”
“ANY TIME THERE IS A TRAUMATIC SITUATION, PEOPLE WANT SOMETHING TO BLAME–THEY ALWAYS WANT SOMETHING TO GO AFTER…”

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

“THE HATE-FILLED MURDERER WHO MASSACRED OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHARLESTON [SOUTH CAROLINA] HAS A SICK AND TWISTED VIEW OF [THE CONFEDERATE FLAG THAT FLIES ON THE STATEHOUSE GROUNDS IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA]”
“TODAY WE ARE HERE…TO SAY IT’S TIME TO MOVE THE FLAG…”

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

“I UNDERSTAND THE [FIRST CONFEDERATE] FLAGS ARE DOWN, BUT I WANT TO MAKE IT PERMANENT. I DON’T WANT ANY CHANCE OF THOSE FLAGS GOING BACK UP.”

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

State workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Montgomery. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley orders Confederate flags taken down from state Capitol. (AP Photo/Martin Swant)

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

State workers take down a Confederate national flag on the grounds of the state Capitol, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ordered Confederate flags taken down from a monument at the state Capitol. (AP Photo/Martin Swant)

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

I AM SO TIRED OF BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME.

YOU SHOULD BE TIRED OF IT TOO.

SAY NO TO CENSORSHIP

On June 24, 2015, Republican Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward censored the First Confederate Flag from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  He did this without the consent of his constituents.

Mayor Hayward stated, in a press release:

“While the Confederate Flag undeniably represents a part of Pensacola’s history, to many it is a painful symbol of racial hatred and intolerance.”

Mayor Hayward didn’t mention that the “Confederate Flag” he had censored was not the Confederate Battle Flag—but the First Confederate Flag.  This flag:

On June 25, 2015, Escambia County Democratic Women’s Club President Dianne Krumel made this demand of the Escambia County Commission:

“I understand the flags are down, but I want to make it permanent.  I don’t want any chance of those flags going back up.”

All five members of the Escambia County Commission—Republican Doug Underhill, Republican Grover C. Robinson IV, Republican Steven Barry, Republican Wilson Robertson (whose seat is now occupied by Republican Jeff Bergosh), and Democrat Lumon May—gave in to Dianne Krumel’s demand, and chose to keep the First Confederate Flag censored from Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays.  They did this without the consent of their constituents—including me.

This government-imposed censorship of the First Confederate Flag, from our historical flags displays, continues—without our consent.

Yet now there is a way you can help me put a stop to this government-imposed censorship of our historical flags displays here in Greater Pensacola, Florida—and you don’t even have to be a resident of Greater Pensacola, Florida, to do it.

I’ve started an online petition to have the First Confederate Flag returned to its rightful place in Pensacola’s Five-Flags Displays:

https://www.change.org/p/pensacola-mayor-ashton-hayward-and-the-escambia-county-board-of-county-commissioners-return-the-first-confederate-flag-to-its-rightful-place-in-pensacola-s-five-flags-displays

Are you as opposed to government-imposed censorship as I am?

Then click on the link above, and sign the petition—and together we can say no to censorship.

WHY I’M CRAZY

I’m crazy because I choose not to have a cellphone or smartphone.

I’m crazy because I choose not to have a Facebook or Twitter account.

I’m crazy because I literally use Digital-Age technology to condemn the Digital Age.

I’m crazy because I believe this Digital Age is the end of the world.

I’m crazy because I wear T-shirts with images and statements that bring awareness to timely and important issues and subjects.

I’m crazy because I care about the world outside my own, little life.

I’m crazy because I become more interested in the lives of others, as others become less interested in my life.

I’m crazy because I care what is right, not who is right.

I’m crazy because I care about anything at all.

I’m crazy because I bring politicians to task when they infringe on my rights or the rights of others.

I’m crazy because I bring corporations to task when they infringe on my rights or the rights of others.

I’m crazy because I bring private citizens to task when they infringe on my rights or the rights of others.

I’m crazy because I really do fight a never-ending battle for truth, justice—and what should be the American way.

I’m crazy because I choose to remain human, as my fellow human beings choose to become more and more inhuman.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be ignorant.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be apathetic.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be complacent.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be shallow.

I’m crazy because I hate self-righteousness more than anything else.

I’m crazy because I hate hypocrisy more than anything but self-righteousness.

I’m crazy because I hate shallowness more than anything but self-righteousness and hypocrisy.

I’m crazy because I’m determined to be fair, no matter what.

I’m crazy because I’m determined to be truthful, no matter what.

I’m crazy because I want to make America greater than ever—not just great again.

I’m crazy because I realize that a nation’s greatness lies in all of its capabilities—not just its military and economic ones.

I’m crazy because I realize that this posthumous extermination of the Confederate States of America is the greatest threat the United States of America has ever faced.

I’m crazy because I realize that my country’s support of the modern state of Israel is hurting the American people, not just the Palestinian people—and that in standing up for the rights of the Palestinian people, we stand up for the rights of the American people.

I’m crazy because the only political office in which I am the least bit interested is the presidency—not because I want to be president, but because I realize how urgently our country needs another independent president (we’ve had one before—his name was George Washington).

I’m crazy because I’m a proud independent voter who is trying his best to persuade as many Democratic voters as possible to abandon the Democratic Party—and as many Republican voters as possible to abandon the Republican Party.

I’m crazy because I’m a proud descendant of Confederate veterans who fought for neither slavery nor states’ rights—but simply to protect their homes and families from an overwhelmingly powerful, invading army.

I’m crazy because I realize that the only Americans who have the right to be here, simply because they were born here, are the Native Americans—that everyone else should prove their worthiness to remain here (they can stop taking their constitutional rights for granted, and stop taking their prosperity for granted).

I’m crazy because I know that the majority of federal land in the United States is being used for nothing but protection of native animals, after the native people have been removed from it—and that the only way our federal government can begin to set things right with the Native Americans is to return all that federal wildlife refuge land to the Native Americans of all tribes.

I’m crazy because I know that historical flags and monuments need to stay up—and that the only things that need to come down in this country are cell towers.

I’m crazy because I want my fellow human beings to get rid of their cellphones and smartphones—and be human again.

I’m crazy because I want my fellow human beings to close their Facebook and Twitter accounts—and be human again.

I’m crazy because I know that the more I lose, the less I have to lose.

I’m crazy because the more shit happens, the more I am willing to do to prevent more shit from happening.

I’m crazy because I know that I will eventually have a heart attack, a stroke, or a very bad accident—and all I ask of my Creator is that I don’t survive it.

I’m crazy because I would rather die an honest-to-God martyr than a patient in a nursing home who doesn’t even know who he is.

I’m crazy because there is nothing in this world I hate more (not even self-righteousness, hypocrisy, or shallowness) than this time—this Goddamned Digital Age.

I’m crazy because I realize the only way to escape a time is to die—and I so look forward to my death, for this reason.

I’m crazy because I choose not to go along with the mindless, Digital-Age herd.

I’m crazy because I choose to become more and more mindful, as those around me become more and more mindless.

I’m crazy because I don’t support censorship—I oppose censorship.

I’m crazy because I don’t oppose freedom of speech—I support freedom of speech.

I’m crazy because I know that my message is more important than I.

I’m crazy because I know that my message is more important than my life.

I’m crazy because I choose not to be stupid.

And I’d rather be crazy than stupid.

“HIS 62,984,825 VOTERS,” AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO HOLD PRESIDENT TRUMP ACCOUNTABLE

What kind of war with North Korea?

“The U.S. Air Force ‘sniffer plane’ was collecting air samples off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula on September 3, 1949, when it gathered evidence of radioactivity, confirming that the Soviet Union had tested a nuclear device.  The Soviets’ August 29, 1949, test had come faster than expected.

“The basic science of nuclear explosions is more than 72 years old.  Ballistic missile technology is more than 60 years old.  The problems of miniaturizing warheads for mounting on missiles, and of ensuring the warheads’ survival en route to targets, are not sufficient to stymie a nation—consider Pakistan, whose annual per capita income is less than $2,000—that is determined to have a nuclear arsenal.

“North Korea has one and is developing ICBMs faster than expected and with indifference to U.S. proclamations.  On January 2, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted about North Korea’s promised ICBM test: ‘It won’t happen!’  It did.  North Korea’s most audacious act, firing a missile over Japan, came seven days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised North Korea’s ‘restraint.’

“Pyongyang wants a nuclear arsenal, and as The Economist magazine says, the world’s unpalatable options are the improbable (productive negotiations), the feeble (more sanctions) and the terrifying (military pre-emption).

“When Trump threatened North Korea with ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen,’ was he threatening to cross the nuclear weapons threshold?  Former General Douglas MacArthur handed President-elect Dwight Eisenhower a memorandum on how ‘to clear North Korea of enemy forces’: ‘This could be accomplished through the atomic bombing of enemy military concentrations and installations in North Korea and the sowing of fields of suitable radio-active materials, the by-product of atomic manufacture, to close major lines of enemy supply and communication. …’

“MacArthur badly misjudged Eisenhower, who later rejected two other recommendations that the bomb be used.

“Since then, the non-proliferation regime has been remarkably successful. President John F. Kennedy said that by 1975 there might be 20 nuclear powers. Now, however, North Korea, the ninth, might be joined by Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and others.

“On August 1, Senator Lindsey Graham said that Trump had told him that ‘there will be a war with North Korea’ if it continues to develop ICBMs capable of reaching the U.S.

“Are Congress’ constitutional powers regarding war so atrophied that it supinely hopes for mere post facto notification?  Ten months after November 8, that day’s costs, until now largely aesthetic, are suddenly, although not altogether unpredictably, more serious than were perhaps contemplated by his 62,984,825 voters.”

George Will, Washington Post

AMERICAN FLAGS

We expect our American troops to defend our current American Flag against all foreign enemies.

But if we don’t defend our historical American Flags against all domestic enemies, how can we be worthy of our American troops?

MONEY IS A MEANS TO AN END—NOT AN END

I have a bachelor of arts degree, and a year of graduate studies, from the University of South Alabama, in the field of English and creative writing.

No, I can’t get a job with this degree.

No, I can’t earn money with this degree.

But I do use it—I use it constantly.

I’m somewhat concerned about the financial prospects of young people who are earning degrees in non-lucrative fields, such as mine.

Yet I’m especially concerned about the intellectual and spiritual prospects of young people who are earning degrees in highly lucrative fields, such as medicine and Internet technology.

Because young people who are earning degrees in non-lucrative fields, such as mine, are almost always earning these degrees for all the right reasons.

And young people who are earning degrees in highly lucrative fields, such as medicine and Internet technology, are almost never earning these degrees for all the right reasons.

And besides, I am not desperately poor because I have a degree in English and creative writing—I am desperately poor for reasons that have nothing to do with my degree.

Yet I apply my degree constantly, tirelessly, and very purposefully.

Money is a means to an end—not an end.


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