May everyone have a safe and happy holiday tomorrow. Remember: Never dip your giblets into a fresh baked pie. That would be gross – and painful.
So where were all the Lebanese flag overlays when Beirut was attacked just a day prior to Paris? Over 40 people died, and hundreds were injured from terrorist attacks around the city, just like Paris. Nary a word was mentioned, and there was no flurry of Lebanese flag overlays on profile pics anywhere. I guess it’s not as horrific when it’s brown people dying at the hands of brown people.
BTW, I’m pretty sure that all of the Americans so quick to blow shit up in defense of France, are the same people who ate freedom fries (remember those?) during the invasion of Iraq.
On a fall Saturday afternoon, my thoughts and attentions were focused on college football. My OSU Buckeyes were marching toward another undefeated season. In addition, it was separation Saturday in the Big 12, as their conference juggernauts continued to beat up on each other, looking to get into the playoffs through attrition. It was yet another big day in a season chocked full of big days in the NCAA. Then, after a few games, the reality of the day struck me like a huge, wet fish slap to the cheek: Paris was under attack from terrorist. Over a hundred people were already dead, and France was under martial law. It felt as if I was watching another terrorist cell movie based on a Tom Clancy novel. It was horrific.
Of course, reaction and retaliation was swift: France started bombing sites in Syria. Borders in many countries were closed. Mosques were shut down, pending investigations into their attendees. Security was beefed up for major events around the world. Paranoia has once again become prevalent, if indeed it has ever faded since 9/11. When and where does this end?
The basest and most animal parts of my brain screams “attack and protect”, as it does in the collective war hawk, lizard brain mentality. However, as history has shown, retaliation begets retaliation. Violence only spurs on more violence. How many people have to die before we actually figure that out? We need common sense solutions, not more dead innocents.
I’m not saying that everything getting done is wrong: Beefing up security at public events? Yes. Better security checks on refugees? Sure. Finding the rest of this terrorist cell, and bringing them to justice? Absolutely. However, bombing an already war torn country? Not a solution. Closing your borders? Borders were closed to Jewish refugees during WWII, and millions died. Closing Mosques? Not the answer.
I don’t know what the answer is: Unfortunately, I’m not that smart. Even if I did have the answer, no-one would listen to a part time pacifist blogger from East Jesus, Ky. I do know that killing more people, blowing up more shit, and restricting the practice of any religion is not the answer. Ask the families and friends of those killed on Saturday in France. Ask the families and friends of those who were bombed out of existence in civil war decimated Syria on Sunday.
I feel horrible this happened. I feel horrible for what is going to happen still. This isn’t over, not by a long shot. I don’t think that anyone in power wants it to be over. There is too much power and money to be had peddling fear and paranoia. You can take that much to the bank, if security will let you through.
Meet Matt Bevin, the new governor of Kentucky. Mr. Bevin, a Tea Party conservative “won” the office by a land slide, even though the polls up to election day showed that he was behind Jack Conway by five points, a huge lead by election standards. This seems really odd, considering that all other Democrats running for lesser offices won by substantial margins. Given the fact that five officials, including a circuit judge and a county clerk in Clay County were just indicted on RICO charges for rigging electronic voting machines for over a decade, I am convinced that Bevin used the riches he has amassed from “alleged” tax fraud to buy himself an election.
Bevin is not even popular in his own party, let alone the state of Kentucky. Many members of his party have stated that he is a liar, and not to be trusted. That’s pretty condemning in itself: A party full of heartless thieves and liars lambasting one of their own for stealing and lying. In addition, he has been accused of tax fraud and shady business dealings. By many standards, Bevin was thought of as unelectable. However, considering how easy it is to rig electronic voting machines, it’s not a stretch to think that something hinky went down on election day in the Bluegrass State. I know I sure as hell didn’t vote for him.
There are enough questions raised to merit investigation. However, I doubt that there will be any such inquiry. This, like the 2000 and 2004 presidential election jiggery pokery, will be swept under the GOP weighted proverbial rug. Bevin will serve, and will most likely dismantle the good work done by his predecessor, Steve Beshear. The ACA will be dismantled: Over 400,00 people will lose their medical benefits. Experts predict that his economic plan will bankrupt the state in a very short period of time. Religious zealots such as Kim Davis will be encouraged to run amok. Life is about to get a hell of a lot harder in the commonwealth. We’ll have Matt Bevin and his store bought election to thank for that.
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Ah, Kentucky. The home of horses, bluegrass, rolling foothills and majestic mountains. Oh, it’s also home to stuff like this:
Good morning everyone. I’m heading to the spine clinic today, in order to get some shots in the lower spine. I just got my insurance back, so I’m conducting the BTTFH summer tour of getting to know all my health providers again. Next up on the tour is my primary care provider to investigate why I’m always dizzy and off balance. After that, it’s a visit with my gastroenterologist to try to figure out these pesky stomach pains. Sounds like a fun summer, no?
Have a great week! :)