Posted by: lylescott89 | November 11, 2017

Please Stop Playing that Song Part II

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In the past two days I have heard not one, not two, but three more songs that I never want to hear again.  This is becoming an epidemic with me and I figured now was as good a time as any to add to my list.  You all know how this works so no further explanation necessary.

In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins – The year was 1981 and I was in high school.  I had been a fan of the music of Genesis and actually went and purchased Phil Collin’s debut solo album, Face Value.  I thought this song was too slow and kind of “just okay”.  However it became a huge hit and to this day is still played.  I can make the argument that no one actually likes this song and that really only listen for the fantastic drum break near the end of the song.  Well I have heard it more than a thousand times by now and I am damn sick of it.  It is such a boring song and it needs to go bye bye.

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Love Shack – The B-52’s – I will gladly admit that there was a time that I would sing along with Fred Schneider and knew every word.  I loved this song, but now it is just too much fr me to handle.  I now cringe when it comes on the radio.  It’s a staple on classic alternative radio (Sirius XM First Wave) and I do have a tendency to listen to that quite a bit, but then when this comes on I switch to Classic Rewind.  The tin roof is rusted and needs to collapse or be torn down.

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Cenetrfold – The J. Geils Band – Okay, my blood runs cold whenever this song begins.  Again, I loved it when I was in high school back in 1981.  I loved the video and could have sworn that was Martha Quinn in the lingerie.  It was not, but that was milk in the drum, yes?  Either way I think by now that Peter Wolf has gotten over seeing his high school crush naked in a magazine.  So let’s stop playing this one too.  On a side note it is worth mentioning of the passing of guitarist and namesake of the band, J. Geils.  Rest in Peace my friend.  You made a lot of good music, but take this one with you.

Namaste

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Posted by: lylescott89 | November 6, 2017

I have got to take a break

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Can you imagine living in a world where children are mowed down in church, but baking a cake for two men makes you hire a lawyer? – Martha Plimpton

Hey kids,

Another mass shooting.  Ho hum.  More thoughts and prayers from those that do not do anything about the gun epidemic and mental illness in this country.  Yawn.  I have, as I said previously, become immune and that is pathetic.  Maybe we should take guns away from all white men as that apparently is the problem, but I digress.

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I previously got myself off of Facebook, though I did occasionally go back and see what was going on. But I’m sick of the stupidity.  I am tired of the narcissism.  I am tired of seeing morons get more worked up over people kneeling for a song instead of doing something that actually matters and makes a difference in the world.  Heck, let’s change the anthem to Born to Run and see what happens.  In all seriousness if you stopped watching the NFL because less than 1% of the players knelt for a song then you really have issues.

I have had enough of people bitching about an attraction closing at Walt Disney World instead of realizing that in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter.  Same goes for the yokels making a big deal at where the cheese is on a picture of a cheeseburger.  I’m tired of it all.  With the holiday season coming I expect to see the full spectrum of forcing “Merry Christmas” on everyone and getting pissed at being wished “Happy Holidays”.  No more social media for me for the rest of the year.  I’ve had it.

So I am going off the grid for a while.  Our priorities are totally out of whack in this wretched country and bitching about them does nothing.  I’m going to see what I can do about making things better instead of complaining.  This is tough because I am an expert at complaining.

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I also have to get myself away from anyone associated with that pile of shit Drumpf.  I’ve said it a thousand times, but again; I have never felt so much hate for one person in my entire life.  How anyone could call themselves a Christian and then cast a vote for a “man” that is a blatant misogynist, a white supremacist, an adulterer and a habitual liar is beyond my comprehension.  How any woman voted for a jackass that bragged about sexually assaulting women is completely incomprehensible.  Again I do not respect any alleged human that voted for that putz and I am damn sick and tired of reading about his nonsense and the deplorable people that support him.  So Twitter is gone too.

I am taking a break for my own sanity.  Going off the grid sounds pretty good right now.  Though I will probably continue to post a blog or two, the next time I’ll See you on social media is 2018 or when Drumpf is arrested and sent to prison.  Whichever comes first.

Namaste

 

Posted by: lylescott89 | November 1, 2017

Please Stop Playing that Song

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Hey kids,

Being that today is Halloween (okay I realize it’s not Halloween any longer, but it was when I started writing this so get over it) it is my duty to mention that I have never seen the movie “Hocus Pocus”.  When it came out I said “that looks shitty” and I have high hopes that I will never see it.  Okay, that news is out of the way. On with the main event.

spotifyThis past summer when we took a blissfully short road trip we tried using Spotify in the car.  We each took turns choosing artists to listen to (I pretty much always picked The Beatles or Elvis Costello) and then trying not to complain about each other’s selections.  On several occasions I mentioned that there were certain songs that I have heard enough and I never need to hear them again.  Then I recently read an article in which someone on NPR had come up with the same idea that I did; that certain songs need to be retired.  So I decided that I would make a list of the songs I never, ever want to hear again.  And I now present to you a part of my fabulous list.  There are way too many songs to list, but these are the ones I am the most sick of hearing.

Hotel California by The Eagles – Now I make no claim to be an Eagles fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I have listened to their music before since it is almost impossible to escape it.  I have checked in to this hotel for the final time and contrary to the lyrics, I have left.  To me this is the most overplayed song of all time.  While it was an okay song in the 70’s, it has no place in the 21st century.  I’d rather stay at the Bates Motel than this dump.

masonreeseCats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin – Okay we get it.  You never gave your kid any attention and it came back to bite you in the ass.  Sorry dumbass, but you can’t go back in time (although Cher tried and since I have always hated that song it does not get included on this list) Seriously, if I could go back in time the third thing I would do is stop Chapin from writing this song. The first would be put Drumpf’s mother on a constant IV full of birth control and the second would be to make sure Neil Diamond devoted his life to really being a Cantor/Hazzan.  I realize Harry is dead, but dear god you made Mason Reese cry!  Why on earth are we still hearing a song that made Mason Reese cry?  Damn you for making Mason Reese cry!

Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond –  Speaking of the aforementioned Cantor, this song sucks.  In fact that is actually part of the lyrics.  I have heard this damn thing about 10 million times and recently it was once again forced upon us as part of an ad campaign for cars.  Some bozo in a car (do not even ask me what kind of car.  It may have been red) pulls up to the light and begins singing this drivel.  Then the girl in the car next to him (might be blue, possibly green) sings along with him.  Stop it.  Just stop playing this song!

pumpkin-catPiano Man by Billy Joel – At one time I knew all the words to this song since I had heard it so much.  Then one day I cracked.  I heard it for the billionth time and that was it for me.  I can never hear this damn song again.  I don’t care what the microphone smells like and I do not care about Davy or the regular crowd.  Learn a different song.  I am told that Billy Joel has literally hundreds of other songs, yet this is the one I have to hear on a road trip.  Yeesh.

Down Under by Men at Work – This may surprise some people, but I am sick of this damn song.  It has been played more than any other Men at Work song and its time is over.  I recently was on a brief working vacation in Bonita Springs at a lovely resort.  I had been there before and knew of the lazy river.  When I was there two years ago I heard a lovely variety of tropical tunes with some Jimmy Buffett sprinkled in.  It all made perfect sense.  However this time they had Down Under playing on a continuous loop.  Over and over again as I looped around the lazy river I heard that damn song.  I wanted to set that damned fried out combie on fire.  No more!

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There are more of course, but that is good enough for today.  Maybe one day I will write a part II.  If I do I’ll have to include Going up the Country by Canned Heat, Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin and everything ever performed by U2.  Or maybe those belong in the “oh my gosh I hate that song” category.

Namaste

 

Posted by: lylescott89 | October 10, 2017

It’s True, I Want to Leave Florida

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Hey Kids,

It is true.  I want to leave Florida.  This is not something I have determined lightly.  Most certainly not.  I have spent many a day considering this.  There are so many reasons why and today I will name a few of the main ones.

Now I know what you are saying and/or thinking.  You’re thinking that I love Florida and how can I survive being away from my second home, Walt Disney World.  I was born in Florida.  I have lived in Florida for most of my life.  Oh sure I spent a few years in Texas and a few more in Illinois, but Florida has been my home for the vast majority of my days.  And for the record I have no plans to leave any time soon, but I relish the day that I take off for someplace else.  I do realize that there is no perfect place to live.  However I feel that I have lived in Florida as long as I have needed to live and there is a new place just waiting for me.  Will I be happy there?  Sure.  Will I have troubles there?  Of course, but the pros outweigh the cons as far as I am concerned.  Why do I want to leave?  Let me count the ways.

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The heat!  My god the heat!  It’s so damn hot.  The older I get the hotter it gets (again, thank you climate change) and my tolerance to the heat has gone way down. In fact I find the heat and humidity completely intolerable.  This is the main reason I want to escape.  I find it difficult to even walk outside for most of the year.  Thus it is difficult to enjoy myself.  Yes I do like going swimming to cool off, but even then the pool is sometimes close to boiling so it is really not that refreshing.  I keep saying that I will enjoy the beach more, but the fact of the matter is I hate getting sand all over myself and I am just way too lazy to get up and go there.  As I sit here I have the a/c blasting and a fan running to keep me cool.  If I go outside I will be a massive ball of sweat in seconds.  Not minutes, seconds.  As much as I love Walt Disney World the heat makes it so much less enjoyable for me.  When I was at Disneyland and there was no humidity and the temperature was in the 70’s I could spend the whole day there.  I had taken Adam to Universal Studios Orlando shortly before I left and we were there about four hours before I was ready to pass out. I want to get away from the damn heat.

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So many damn people, especially the wretched “know-it-alls”.  The amount of humanity here is astounding.  And I realize that wherever I go there will also be a lot of humans. I’m okay with that, but Florida seems to bring out the worst in people.  Those that move here from out of state are generally obnoxious.  I do not know how many times I have heard some idiot tell me “that’s not the way we did it up north”.  Well then go back up north bozo.  Or when someone says something like “Everything is so much better in Ohio”.  Well go back to freaking Ohio if it was so damned great.  Get the hell out of here!

Hurricanes.  I hate hurricanes, but even more so I hate the way people react when they know one is on the way.  As I have mentioned before they go bonkers and start buying water, filling their cars up with gas and generally become annoying.  You see these people waiting in the rain outside of Publix just to get some damned bottled water.  As if they do not have indoor plumbing at home.  Then you see a hundred people at one gas station while one just down the street has plenty of gas and no line.  Pure stupidity.  Hurricanes do not scare me per se, but I hate being without electricity.  I really feel for the people of Puerto Rico and that shithead in chief that will not do a damn thing for them other than throw paper towels.

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And speaking of the grand shithead, there are far too many conservative people here for my taste.  Not that I need everyone to think like I do (although that would be great) but to see so many fucking morons support that mentally ill asshole is just too disgusting for me to handle.  I’m a liberal and damn proud of it.  (On a side note to my Christian friends please remember that Jesus was a liberal, socialist Jew with a fondness for carpentry and not a conservative by any stretch of the imagination) When I was in California I saw same sex couples everywhere just being themselves.  I saw them at Disneyland, I saw them at Venice Beach, I saw them at the Santa Monica Pier and I saw same sex couples at the Farmer’s Market.  It was a beautiful thing to see.  People just being who they are without fear of some asshole shooting them, yelling at them or throwing shit at them.  I want to live where people are not yelled at for being “different”.  That goes for me too as I often get ridiculed for being a liberal and compassionate person.  So yeah, going someplace more liberal would be fantastic.

I suppose it goes along with the above reason, but I am damn sick and tired of driving around and seeing morons with a stupid Confederate flag flying from their car.  Why not just have a flag that says “Look at me I’m a Racist”.  Oh wait, that’s exactly what they are saying.

I could go on but you get the point: not Africa hot, no assholes from Ohio that think they are better than me (I don’t mean to pick on Ohio.  Ohio is actually a lovely state with some amazing cities and small towns.  The people that live there are very nice.  I met some lovely people in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus.  The retirees I have met in Florida are friendly.  The non-retired people that leave for Florida are mostly assholes) less conservatives, more liberals, no Confederate flags and no freaking hurricanes.  But first and foremost it’s the heat.  So damn hot!

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So where do I want to go?  Well to be perfectly honest I would be extremely happy to say goodbye to the USA for good and move to Canada.  I love Canada.  I like the idea of healthcare for everybody and I also like the idea of being to go someplace without the fear of being shot by some idiot with a dozen guns.  In addition I appreciate the fact that they have not allowed right wing extremists to take over their country.  No Drumpf and no Pence is a great way to live.  Plus it is a gorgeous country and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is an awesome leader.  Leadership is something this country has lacked since January 20th.  Sure they have assholes; they cannot be avoided.  However there are a hell of a lot less of them.  I realize that Canada is very cold and moving there is just a pipe dream, but it is the top of my list.  It’s not going to happen though because Donna does not want to go to Canada.  She prefers we stay here and resist.

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So where in this country would I like to go?  Well I love the Pacific Northwest.  Washington and Oregon are two of my favorite places to visit and I know I would love living there.  California would be nice as well, but it is so crowded in SoCal that I probably would go nuts with the traffic.  It rains a lot in the Pacific Northwest and I love rain.  I thoroughly enjoy the rainy days.  If you think about it, the fact that all the rain in the winter makes it all the more beautiful in the summer is a huge plus.  I love mountains and I love the beauty of nature.  But I really love that the temperatures are lower than Florida.  Yes, I know a lot of people are moving to Oregon and it’s the in place, but I still want to go.  It’s not going to become another SoCal.

So be looking for me to head west in about four or five years.  I can’t wait.

Namaste

 

 

Posted by: lylescott89 | October 2, 2017

Your Thoughts and Prayers are Worthless

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Without demanding stricter gun laws, background checks, mental healthcare—”thoughts & prayers” may as well be bullets in the next shooting. – John Pavlovitz

Hey kids,

Like most everyone else I awoke this morning to the horrific news from Las Vegas.  Yet another mass shooting in this country.  I sighed.  I felt emotionless.  I was numb to the fact that there was another terrorist (and make no mistake about it, this person was a terrorist in every sense of the word) and another attack on innocent people just trying to enjoy their lives.  It makes no sense and it has happened so often that it no longer comes as a shock.  I am no longer surprised.  It’s just something that happens on an almost daily basis.  I am no longer crying over the senseless loss of life.  Our priorities in this country are so fucked up I can’t take it any longer.  People of all sorts of backgrounds died last night and this morning as a result of a terrorist. This affects all of us.

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was NOT a “lone wolf”, he was NOT “mentally ill”, he was a TERRORIST. End white privilege today. – David Letterman

I am disgusted that this country embraces and holds the 2nd amendment to a much higher priority that the 1st.  That it holds it to be more valuable than life itself.

Quite frankly there is no better way to desecrate and dishonor the flag and the national anthem than by murdering innocent people.  But please keep bitching about NFL players protesting social injustice.

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Stephen Paddock was a terrorist. His mass killing was made easy by the lack of gun control that morons consider a ‘freedom’. – Tommy Campbell

We do not need your useless “thoughts and prayers”.  It’s way too late for that.  We need action.  We need the members of congress to stand up for the country and not bow to Drumpf or the NRA.  No one needs an assault rifle.  And don’t let me hear any shit about how guns don’t kill people, people kill people.  Your stupid little slogans mean nothing.  Especially when we have the Fuckwad in Chief allowing the mentally ill to purchase guns and promising to sign a bill that allows silencers to be sold.  How many more people have to be murdered?  I have an idea, instead of selling assault rifles just start selling the same things the found fathers had; muskets.

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And did anyone else notice that the Piece of Shit Drumpf didn’t call Paddock a son of a bitch?  Probably had nothing to do with his skin color.  (Insert huge eye roll here)

I guarantee there are sicko’s out there in America right now thinking: “I can do better than that.”  Guarantee it. And it will happen. And it will continue to happen. Because our nation is paralyzed by the gun lobby. The shame is ours. The responsibility is ours. Until we do something about it. – Kevin McQuade

Today is October 2nd, the 275th day of the year.  In those 275 days there have been 273 mass shootings in the US.  You want a great America?  It starts with keeping people safe.  And do not even get me started on Puerto Rico.

Yes, I am angry.  The NRA and the gun manufacturers could not be happier as their stocks soared today.  These are sick and twisted individuals. For the record I do not care about your opinion.  You cannot defend this in any way, shape or form.

You can all take your thoughts and prayers and put then aside because without action, prayer is meaningless.

We don’t need thoughts. We don’t need prayers. We need gun control. – Jesus Christ

And Rest in Peace Tom Petty.

Namaste

Posted by: lylescott89 | September 27, 2017

Willful Ignorance and no Compassion aka White Privilege

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Hey kids,

This morning I awoke to a comment on my last blog.  The comment was posted on Facebook by someone I am not even sure if I have ever met.  I replied to the comment in my usual snarky way, but apparently he chose to delete it.  Perhaps he realized how incredibly racist it was or maybe he just realized that his conspiracy theories were beyond stupid.  I wanted to debunk all of his nonsense and since I did not get a chance to do so there I will take a moment and respond to just a couple of the stupid statements here.

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Statement #1: Colin Kaepernick has converted to Islam in an attempt to destroy America.  Okay, it should take a person of normal intelligence about a half a second to realize this is false.  For the whole story you can go to Snopes and read for yourself.  First of all it is not illegal to convert to Islam.  In fact I highly doubt that anyone would truly care if he did.  I know I don’t care what religion he has chosen.  As a reminder two of this nation’s most respected athletes, Cassius Clay and Lew Alcindor, both converted to Islam.  And if you do not know who they are then Google it.  You can do some of the work.  How converting or not converting to Islam leads to the destruction of America is a question that only a racist could answer.

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. – Abraham Lincoln

DrGoodellStatement #2: The NFL plays games in the UK as part of a Globalist Agenda.  Please excuse me while I laugh my ass off.  I have seen and read plenty of incredibly stupid things in my day, but this is beyond any manner of reason and intelligence.  First of all the NFL has been playing games outside of the US as part of what they called the American Bowl since 1986.  Pre-season games were held in such places as London, Tokyo, Berlin and Mexico City.  This series of games ended in 2005 and from that rose the International Series of games, most of which have been played in London.  A few have been in Mexico City as well.  In addition the Buffalo Bills (still the dumbest nickname in all of sports) played games in Toronto from 2008 – 2012.  So with the NFL playing regular season games in three different cities outside of the US with only one of those being outside North America, it’s no surprise that someone would think they are pursuing world dominance.  One can only imagine Commissioner Roger Goodell sitting in his office chair laughing maniacally whilst slowly petting a cat.

Statement #3: This was some BS about Black Lives Matter and how the black people are all being scammed by Muslims or something totally ridiculous.  I don’t even remember because at this point I was laughing so damned hard I was crying.

So that’s how my morning started.  But it gets better/worse.  I saw a few people were boycotting the NFL because the players don’t stand for the anthem.  Again I found this to be incredibly ignorant and not just because these people obviously have no concept of the first amendment, but these people are not real football fans to begin with. What these people are doing is looking for an excuse to fan the flames of their white privilege.  How can it be anything else?  They are clearly marginalizing the players and their protests.

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Why didn’t anything else stop you from watching the NFL?

Michael Vick was convicted of conspiracy related to dog fighting.  You watched.

Ray Rice committed domestic violence and you saw it on video.  Did it disgust you?  It made me sick.  Yet, you watched.

Aaron Hernandez murdered a man, was convicted and committed suicide.  You still watched.

Sexual assault, manslaughter, DUI’s, weapons charges, racketeering, burglary, fraud, drug trafficking, etc.  You never stopped watching.

Let me see if I understand all of this correctly.  You are offended by men using their First Amendment rights to protest social and racial injustice, but you are okay with murder.  You are okay with sexual assault.  You are okay with domestic violence.  You disgust me.

Wife_Buccaneers_with_background_1024x1024Look, I will admit that I love football especially the NFL and specifically the Buccaneers.  Nothing I can imagine will stop me from watching.  I accept that these are humans and as such they are all flawed individuals.  Just like you and just like me.

America is not about you.  It’s not about me.  It’s most certainly not about the White Supremacist in Chief.  America is about freedom.  Freedom to express our displeasure with the way things are in America is one of the hallmarks of the constitution.

You don’t have to watch the NFL.  However by announcing on your Facebook page that your’e not going to watch is making all of this about you.  Quite simply it makes you an attention whore.  You are not Super Patriot.  You are not Captain America.  You are one of over 300 million diverse people that live in this country and until every single one of them is afforded the same rights that your white privilege gets you then that flag you love and that song you hold so dear don’t mean anything.

Namaste

 

Posted by: lylescott89 | September 26, 2017

Take a Knee

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Hey Kids,

I am utterly shocked at the ignorance of so many people in this country.  The ignorance of people that have no idea what the 1st Amendment is all about.  Oh sure, they know all about the one underneath it and they’re happy to spout off all the BS in the world to defend it, but when someone utilizes the 1st for peaceful protest they go into full bat-shit crazy super patriotic mode.

I have spoken of this before and I had hoped we were finished, but thanks to Herr Drumpf, the White Supremacist spouting his racist views all over the place, it just won’t go away.  If you’d like to peruse my prior blog posts you can do so here and here.

Before I get to further into this let me tell you that I have been to a lot of sporting events and I have seen firsthand what people do during the national anthem.  I guarantee you that some of these same people are the same ones bitching an moaning about NFL players taking a knee.  Allow me to share some of my favorite things that I have seen and heard these alleged patriots do.

  • Spit
  • Scratch themselves
  • Run to the bathroom
  • Drink beer
  • Eat
  • Yawn
  • Text
  • Stare at the cheerleaders
  • Take photos
  • Make fun of the singer of the anthem
  • Talk

Rainna-Brown.nocrop.w710.h2147483647That’s just a sampling.  Believe me there are many more alleged atrocities that are much more heinous than kneeling.  For the record I do not care what you do during the song.  Sing along if you want.  Stand on your head if it makes you happy.  Rock the boat if you get the notion.  Do a little dance, make a little love, get down tonight.  I just don’t care.  Whether you like it or not it is just a song and it’s just a piece of cloth.  It only has meaning because we have been indoctrinated to believe it.  You know what has real meaning?  Humanity.  Compassion.  Love.  Respect for other people.  Drumpf has effectively taken these things away and turned this once “fairly good” country into hell on earth.

I have no idea what it is like to be a black man in America.  I can never know that and none of my friends who are white have any idea either so please stop acting like you do.  And do not give me that stupid line about how these are all wealthy people and they have never been slaves.  That’s like saying since I did not endure the Holocaust I cannot weep for those that did.

These players are not taking a knee because they hate America.  They love and understand America and its faults way more than you or I do.  These people are taking a knew for Trayvon Martin.  For Freddie Gray.  For Sandra Bland.  For Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and countless others.

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Kneeling is not about the flag.  It is not about the anthem.  It’s not about the military.  Saying so is like saying Rosa Parks was protesting a bus.  It’s about racial injustice.  No one American can tell another American how to be patriotic.  If you love the flag so much then you have to understand that it is meant for all Americans and when we have racial injustice, like we have now and have had for seemingly forever, then that flag loses its given meaning.

Frankly I am sick of this.  Draping yourself in the flag does not make you patriotic.  In fact I am pretty sure that is illegal.  So is wearing it as a swimsuit or putting it on a sports uniform, but there you go.  You know what really disrespect the American flag?  The Confederate flag.

And the fact that NFL players are wealthy has nothing to do with it.  You bitch about wealthy men taking a stand by kneeling yet you want to support a wealthy racist by forcing people to stand.  This idea is ludicrous.  I am not rich.  I never have been and I never will be.  Do I have any more of less right to protest?  Of course not.  Having money does not make racial injustice go away.  Just ask former Buccaneer Michael Bennett.

When I lived in Texas I loved watching Dale Hansen.  Thanks to YouTube I can still see him and I highly, highly, highly recommend you watch this video:

Please stop telling us how patriotic you are because your cousin is in the military. Please stop telling us that we all need to act like you and put our hands over our hearts during the song.  Even when I stood for the anthem I never once put my hand over my heart. No one did it when I was in school as a kid and I have no idea when it started, but again, I don’t care.  I kneel now.

We also need to remember that there is once stanza that has been omitted from Francis Scot Key’s song.   Key, a slave owner himself, wrote this stanza that mocks black men for aligning with the British during the War of 1812.  Why did they do so?  They had hoped to gain freedom from American slavery.  This is the deleted stanza:

“No refuge could save the hireling and slave; from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave”

 

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Real nice.  So spare me your BS about the flag and the country and if you support that maniac in chief I don’t want to hear about that either.  He has done irreparable damage to this country and standing during the anthem will not change that. So get off your high horse (I’ve never really been sure exactly what that means, but my dad said it all the time so I figured I’d give it a go) go about your own life and do whatever you feel is best for you.  White friends, when you can tell me that you have spent a lifetime as an African-American I’ll listen to what you have to say.  Until then your bitching is meaningless.

Namaste

 

Posted by: lylescott89 | September 18, 2017

134 Hours

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Hey kids,

Like many Floridians, I was affected by Hurricane Irma.  It was a week I will never forget, but really would like to.  The storm itself was not much more than a tropical storm when it got to us.  We had no damage to our home, however there were a lot of trees down in the area and plenty of debris all over the place.  What really sucked was being out of power from Sunday night until the following Saturday afternoon.  I know a lot of people south of me had it much worse, but it still drove me crazy.  In case you did not know, it is fricking hot in Florida and it gets hotter and more humid every damn year.  Thanks a lot climate change!  (It’s real and if you don’t believe it Sir Griffin has a message for you: Go fuck yourself) No a/c really, really, really sucks.

But you know what really drove me nuts?  The lead up to the storm.  People panicked. I saw people standing out in the rain waiting for Publix to open at 7 AM so they could get water.  I mentioned this before but it bears repeating; am I the only one with a water faucet in my house?  Lines at gas stations were insane all week.  On Friday I was driving home after taking Adam to see It (super scary and very well done) and there were lines at just about every gas station we passed.  However there was one with just two people filling up.  I had half a tank, but I stopped and filled up because that apparently is what you are supposed to do while prepping for a storm.

ashley-mk-2Then there was the local media.  They went overboard as usual with wall to wall coverage while essentially saying the same thing over and over again.  I turned on the TV Saturday afternoon hoping to see the TCU/Arkansas game (I ended up watching it online) and saw several weather forecasters standing around trying to think of something to say. We get it.  There is a storm coming.  Most of us know what to do and realize it is serious. Yet we have endless stories from idiots standing in the rain and wind telling us not to go outside in the rain and the wind.  Okay genius.  Do you really think we won’t get the idea if you are in a studio and show us a camera feed from outside?  I hate seeing these morons driving around telling us we should not do what they are doing.  Drives me insane.  Yes, it gives me agita.

That said, I did discover my new favorite meteorologist, Ashley Batey on channel 10. Donna said that I was infatuated with her because she never saw me watch the weather that much in my life.  She’s right.  Ashley if you are reading this please contact me to set up a photo session.  It would be an honor to work with you.  Plus, I have always thought that Ashley and I would be great friends.  Incidentally I have also always thought the same thing about Minnie Driver.  If she ever met me she would most definitely want to start a friendship.  Just like Ashley.

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But we made it through and the power is back on and the a/c is amazing. Unfortunately #BaconWednesday was canceled last week and that sucked.  However it will be back in full force this week.

Of course you can add hurricanes to the long list of reasons why I want to leave Florida. I still need to get that blog written.  I was going to do it last week, but the lack of power was a bit of a hindrance.

Oh and happy National Cheeseburger Day.  Guess what I am having for dinner?

Namaste

Posted by: lylescott89 | September 6, 2017

Welcome Back NFL

newpearlsHey kids,

Right now people are going bonkers as Hurricane Irma approaches.  The roads are crazy. I foolishly went on Facebook and all I saw was panic.  I need to stay off of that thing. Anyway I am not interested in worrying about it.  I cannot stop it nor can I control the weather so why waste time worrying?  Yes, I am a liberal and no matter what slimeballs like Rush say, I cannot control the weather. If I could this hurricane would take a direct hit to Mar-a-Lago and flatten that son of a bitch to the ground. There would be no other damage.  Well, maybe it would destroy Fox “News” too.  But I am not going bonkers though perhaps I should since it appears to be the thing to do.  I have water that comes out of the faucet, I always fill my gas tank when it gets to the halfway mark and I am thinking about the NFL.

Yes the NFL season is upon us once again.  And once again the New England Patriots are the favorite to win it all.  Eventually Tom Brady will get too damn old to play and Bill Belichick will get too damn old to coach and other teams will become favorites, but for now this is what we have and this is what we will deal with.

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Not that I hate the Patriots.  I am completely indifferent to them.  I hate the Steelers. I hate the Bills.  I don’t like the Bears or the Jets, but I just don’t care about the Pats. I’m funny that way I guess.

Before I get too much further I do want to comment on the Bucs/Dolphins game getting moved to the Bye Week in November.  Yes I realize this is an inconvenience for the players, but let’s look at reality here.  The game cannot be played with a monster storm bearing down on South Florida.  The Dolphins do not want to lose a home game and have it at a neutral site.  I know the players now do not want to play 16 weeks in a row, despite the fact that the NFL used to play 16 weeks in a row until the Bye Week was introduced in the 1990 season.  I gather that the current crop of NFL players are not aware of this fact.  So be angry, tweet stupid stuff, but get over it.  You will live. Some people in the storm’s path will not be so lucky.

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Okay, now you all want my trusty, almost always incorrect Super Bowl prediction.  It’s boring, but I predict a Seahawks/Patriots Super Bowl.  Sure, it could be the Packers. Maybe the Cowboys or even the Buccaneers could make it.  Perhaps the Chiefs will get over that hump this year.  What about the Browns.  OMG I just made myself laugh! Maybe we’ll get something new and interesting.  But my psychic mind sees it another way.  Sorry kids.

So please stay safe during the storm.  Evacuate if you must and remember that if you have indoor plumbing you can fill jugs with water.  Heck, you can use a hose too.  Oh, and go Bucs!

Namaste

Posted by: lylescott89 | August 31, 2017

Message of Hate

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Hey kids,

I have so many things I have been trying to write about lately including my happiness project, the upcoming NFL season, my thoughts about when people go batshit crazy anytime Disney closes an attraction and my desire to leave Florida and live somewhere more progressive, liberal and substantially less hot & humid.  But as usual those will all have to wait because of of some really stupid people that came up with the Nashville Statement.

If you agree with the Nashville Statement you might as well stop reading now because I may use big words that a feeble minded person like yourself would have difficulty understanding.  These so-called Christians released what was essentially a message of hatred, ignorance and decidedly non-Christian values.  In other words Jesus would like to slap the shit out of you, but since he’s a pacifist he can’t.

For those of you that have not read this disgusting, vomit inducing manifesto I would recommend that you do not and instead read the following plain language translation that was written by a man I really admire, John Pavlovitz.  This was written on his bog and I will provide a link right here so you can go and read it.  Please read it and then come back.  I’ll wait.

Hum de dum, hum de dum, dum dum.  Whistle while you work.  Wait, did I leave the iron on?  

Are you back from reading that?  Oh good.  I hope you enjoyed it.  The people that came up with this garbage are not Christians.  As I understand it, the teachings of Jesus were about love, acceptance and compassion.  These idiots would not know love or compassion if it bit them on the ass.  And I hope that it does.

DIcAfE6XoAEe0yUIt’s fairly safe to say that these shitheads are the same fools that voted for Drumpf.  There is no possible way you can reconcile Christianity with a vote for a serial adulterer.  It says right there in their manifesto that the are against cheating on your spouse.  I happen to agree with that one, but once you have hitched your wagon to Drumpf’s Orange Hate Train there is no going back. You cannot have it both ways.  Which is weird because you want it both ways, but you just said you are against bisexuals.  Oh the irony.

Why the hell does this bother you morons so much?  Do you think that a bunch of lesbians are going to come to your house and try to recruit you like the Mormons? Actually that would be kind of funny, but it doesn’t work like that.

And why in the world, in the middle of death and destruction in Houston, did you pick now to come out with your Hate filled crap?  You people could not sink any lower. You’re no better than that (I need Sir Griffin for this) fuckwad Drumpf bragging about great crowds in Texas while not actually going to Houston.  As usual he turned it around to make it about himself.  He even was selling shit.  Holy crap I despise that monster.  My gosh this country is literally becoming hell on earth.

If you are going to call yourself a Christian please do us all a favor and practice what you preach.  If you are going to talk it you better be prepared to walk it.  Ugh, I am going into cliche mode.  Gotta go.

Namaste

 

 

 

 

 

 

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