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I really wish some of my FB friends, some of whom I can now call former friends after today, would stop trying to “educate” me on the difference between the confederate flag and the confederate battle flag. They both represent a heritage of slavery and racism. I’m a history major for fuck’s sake. I know the difference, but I don’t care. One friend of mine, after posting several rant filled memes supporting the flag, went on to post another meme bitching that it was ok for everyone else but white people to show their pride in our country. I responded to her that it’s been white pride day ever since the English first established a colony in Jamestown, Virginia. She’s not my friend anymore.

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  1. Sedate Me
    July 4, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    “I really wish some of my FB friends, some of whom I can now call former friends after today…”

    Well, there’s your first mistake! There ain’t no friends on Loserbook. There are only “Friends” with a capital F (and a copyrighted one at that), who are generally more interested in the social competition than actually making human contact. Actually, I’m rather surprised a tinfoil hat wearer would ever use the largest corporate spy service known to mankind.

    Actually, there are only losers on Loserbook. There more you’re there, the bigger a loser you become. If given enough time, even the best/smartest/deepest/most literate people turn into competitive, shallow, materialistic, illiterate, morons who engage in constant exhibitionism, voyeurism and poop flinging competitions.

    Loserbook & The Twit Zone are proof we’re nothing but monkeys with keyboards. Once decried as something egomaniacs did to stroke their own ego, blogging is sadly becoming the last bastion of “intellectual thought” on the Interwebs. Yikes!

    Did I mention I’m glad you’re back, yet?

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    • July 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      I’m glad to be back and writing again. I really have no excuse as to where I’ve been, other than I just have not felt at all like writing. As for FB and Twitter, they’re more of a means to people watch, as well as a tool for getting my blog out there. Of course it would be helpful if I posted more than once every 8 months. In addition, Social sites such as those give me ideas on stuff to write about; Not only what other people are talking about or how they’re behaving, but I get a lot of actual news feeds from them as well.

      Thanks for sticking around. It’s nice to know that at least one person out there cares if I’m alive or not LOl.

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      • Sedate Me
        July 5, 2015 at 5:36 pm

        Care??? Shit, I wouldn’t go THAT far! I mean…I care “ironically”, which is about as far as I’m capable of caring about anything anymore. 🙂

        I’m not singling you out, but I’ve noticed LOTS of people justify their addiction to “social media” by talking about “news feeds” & any other grain of positivity in the Omaha Beach of banality that is “social media”. It’s kind of like saying “There’s some blueberries in this deep fried ice cream, so it’s good for me.”

        The term “news feeds” always makes me think of the practice of force feeding geese to make their livers fatty and dangerously oversized. Come to think of it, it isn’t all that different. Big scoops of generally meaningless shit continuously crammed down my throat whether I want it or not? Constant choking and gasping for breath. Never a moment to absorb any nutritional value. Just a fatty, overworked, organ to be harvested and fried up.

        I’m a “Less is more” and “Speed kills” kind of guy. I get my “news feeds” delivered to my door every morning by a hardworking guy struggling to make it, a guy who gets paid almost nothing to wake up insanely early every day and trudge through knee deep snow for hours at a time. My second “feed” arrives every night and comes directly to my TV in a nice little package. Convenient as hell and they manage to employ a few people too. If I need any more detail, or want to see topics not covered by the mainstream, I can always look stuff up on the Worldpipes. No shortage of tinfoil hat wearers there 🙂

        I find that, despite the lack of continual updating and “feedings” that are fired at my head like an assault weapon (with similar results), my method exposes me to everything I need am allowed to know by the Powers That Be. And without consuming huge chunks of my life, getting diverted by “social media’s” endless pointless distractions, or catching ADHD in the process.

        Shit, this Canuck’s attention span is more than short enough already! http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadians-now-have-shorter-attention-span-than-goldfish-thanks-to-portable-devices-microsoft-study

        In addition, Social sites such as those give me ideas on stuff to write about… (order switched to make point)… Of course it would be helpful if I posted more than once every 8 months.

        That’s my point about modern “communication” and it’s all consuming nature. One may be exposed to a lot of shit, some of it may even be useful. One may even get loads of good ideas. But it’s so all-consuming and demanding, that most people ultimately fail to accomplish anything remotely productive.

        They call it “The Web” for a reason.

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  2. Sedate Me
    July 4, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    As a history major myself, I too know there is a difference between all the Confederate flags…I don’t immediately remember what it is, but, at the end of the day, it’s still splitting hairs. And as a history major, I believe all those Confederate flags should be respectfully preserved….in museums beside other historically significant flags. (Ideally, these ones in the Civil Rights Era section…assuming their museums even have one. He He.)

    The flags are most certainly part of history that should never be forgotten…a racist, secessionist, history where the Confederacy fought against, not just the US government, but the very concept of a strong federal government….AND LOST! Most Americans would call such actions the actions of “traitors”. Oddly enough, the most “patriotic” places can’t seem to see armed traitors shooting American troops as traitors. But they CAN see unnarmed, democratic socialists as “traitors”. Funny dat.

    But THAT is the important stuff people SHOULD be remembering about the flags. But like so much in today’s world, people believe factually inaccurate bullshit. Either because it fits their world view better, or because they’re just that stupid and/or poorly educated.

    These flags do NOT belong on government property other than museums/historical sites. Even then, their place must be kept within proper historical context. A legislature’s front lawn doesn’t count. Legislatures are places where you make laws, supposedly under the premise they’ll result in a better place for ALL citizens. (I know that, in practice, it’s a total crock of shit. But still…) Flying a symbol of a racist “past” in front of a legislature, especially in the context that it somehow belongs there in 2015, is directly opposed to what a legislature is supposed to pretend it’s doing.

    It’s not like these flags have flown since the Confederacy was formed. It’s actually a symbol of a racist “past” that calls upon a racist past. The flags got put back up in the Civil Rights Era as a way of saying, “Over our dead bodies, you uppity Negroes.” Well, even Strom Thurmond is dead now (as is his bi-racial daughter). So, why are these damn things still flying over legislatures? Because people (especially modern Americans) are completely incapable of admitting they’ve done something wrong, even if it wasn’t them but their ancestors who did it. Even if it was their great, great, grand-pappies who did it, most people still don’t want to admit somebody with a similar genetic code as them did something wrong.

    It’s fucking nuts! I had distant relatives in the SS. You don’t see me flying a fucking Swastika flag. And you don’t see any Germans (who aren’t neo-Nazis) flying it either, even if it was legal.

    But I find this whole debate a bunch of jiggery-pokery. It’s a shame because, strip away the hate-politics….I confess I find that flag rather attractive. Hey, I grew up watching the Dukes of Hazzard and have a nostalgic fondness for the damn thing. (Ironic -eh?) But as a Canadian, I just don’t have the racist baggage you Yanks have. I can like it for merely having a nice design. But I totally get all opposition to it.

    But this ongoing flag flap goes to show how little America has progressed since Segregation. Well, even since the Civil War. It’s 2015 and what SHOULD be just a pretty flag almost lost to history, is a loaded weapon on a modern day racial & political battleground.
    For fuck’s sake, it’s still available at BIG BOX STORES that require high turnover of all products. Sorry, but there just aren’t THAT many history obsessed flag-fetishists out there!

    There are, however, still that many open (and closeted) racists…and folks willing to embrace a racist “past” to advance a supposedly defeated States Rights agenda…within the very nation that defeated it! The popularity of both aspects are very concerning to me.

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    • July 5, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      It’s funny you mention the aesthetics of the flag. I have to admit that the battle flag has always been one of my favorite flags in regards to how it looks. However, as cool as it may look, it is truly a symbol of racism, not heritage. The flag was created for a military that was fighting to preserve slavery. How can anyone not view that as racist? The flag should be in a museum, I agree. It should not be flying above the capitol building of any state.

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      • Sedate Me
        July 5, 2015 at 5:44 pm

        Well, given I’m a Canadian (where slavery was never big and was ended 70-ish years before America) is it okay if I fly the Confederate Battle flag….as long as I promise I’ll do it only as an “ironic” tribute to Bo & Luke Duke?

        Yeeehaaah!

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