An age old question, the meaning of life.

A major epiphany I’ve had to accept over the course of my life is the fact that there really isn’t any actual point to it. Life exists for its own sake. There is no goal, no end point, and no payoff with the joys of an afterlife.

What life is, is a series of shifting priorities. We all go through stages in which certain things are more important than others at a particular point in time. I think we kind of get wrapped up in those shifting priorities and that becomes, symbolically at least, our purpose. We focus on the immediate, mundane aspects of our lives, but tend to lose sight of the overall picture. We are here for only a short time and our individual lives, are trivial. We’re born, endure transitory lives, and then perish. That’s it. It really is that simple…

Something to Ponder…

Political correctness permeates many aspects of our everyday lives. Incrementally, it has crept upon us in such a way as to render common sense and objective reasoning almost non-existent. Words and terminologies are thrown around without much thought going into the real meanings being conveyed.
Have you ever wondered about the term ‘African-American’? The term appears on a multitude of government forms and job applications. Many people use the term interchangeably to mean ‘black’. The funny thing is that a ‘hyphenated American’ originally was defined as someone who was a first generation American. Therefore, an African-American could be any skin color under the sun. The term ‘African-American’ is not a racial designation… even if it has been misapplied and accepted over the years.
Another politically correct and popular misconception concerns people with gender identity issues. I realize that the idea of homosexuality being a mental disorder went out of favor in the late 70’s. Still, I strongly feel that once a person suffering from a gender identity crisis has identified the root of their problem, the cause will most likely be a combination of deep emotional scars and behaviors indicative of a narcissistic personality. My personal opinions aside, one can no more change their gender than they can change their species. A male will always be male as a female will always be female. Their chromosomes determine their sex. The only people to whom this is not strictly applied are hermaphrodites.
Currently, popular political correctness is targeting the flag once used by The Army of Northern Virginia, aka the Rebel flag. The Confederate States of America, over the course of the Civil War (the War of Northern Aggression), from 1861 – 1865… chose three flags to represent the Confederacy. The flag of The Army of Northern Virginia was not one of them. The general argument is that the flag in question represented slavery, as well as sedition, and should be purged from the American culture. Let’s look a little deeper. The ‘Rebel’ flag was only in use during the four years the Civil War was being waged. Before that time, slavery was very much a part of our history and culture. From the time of the founding of our great country, Old Glory has represented the United States. How come Old Glory isn’t being targeted as a racist symbol?
Trying to reasonably discuss these ideas with most people typically ends with accusations of ‘racism’ and ‘homophobia’. It’s sad when you realize how unthinking the general public tends to be.

 

Riding the political correctness crazy train.

Redefining what constitutes a marriage, a person’s sexuality, etc., etc., etc.

 

Political correctness running amok. It never seems to end. People throwing tradition to the wind and common sense is rarely used. What’s left are a bunch of dumbed-down and non-thinking morons. I realized a long time ago that you cannot reason with idiots. Even so, I feel the need to be Captain Obvious every once and a while by pointing out what should be no-brainers. It doesn’t matter if someone takes hormones and has their privates surgically altered… that person will always be a male or female. Their chromosomes will always be XX or XY. The only people in which this does not apply would be those who were born with XXY chromosomes. So stop perpetuating such ridiculousness by calling Bruce Jenner by his transsexual name,  ‘Caitlyn’ and referring to him as ‘she’ and ‘her’. Bruce is still a male. Just because you knock the nuts off his tree, does not make his tree a bush.

Question everything.

Things aren’t always as they appear. Take for instance something as commonplace as grass. What color is most grass? The non-thinking immediate response would be ‘green’. While that answer has merit, it’s not quite accurate. Grass does indeed appear to be green, but why? The answer is best explained by understanding light, also known as electromagnetic waves. Electromagnetic waves include radio waves, microwaves, infrared, optical, ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma-rays.  Optical waves are the waves that can be seen with the human eye. The reason grass appears to be green is that it absorbs both red and blue light while reflecting green and yellow light. Our eyes are actually seeing this reflected light, which is why grass appears to be green.

 

 

 

 

 

Parasitic citizens

There are 47,710,324 people on food stamps… and 313,914,040 people live in the United States… that means one out of every 6.579 Americans are on food stamps. That works out to 15.2% of all Americans.  Its painfully obvious why Obama is President. These people vote themselves entitlements.

Here are a list of states in which people on welfare exceed people who work…

California

New York

Illinois

Ohio

Maine

Kentucky

South Carolina

Mississippi

Alabama

New Mexico

Hawaii

More useless trivia.

James K. Polk fulfilled all his campaign promises. During his administration Polk acquired California from Mexico, settled the Oregon dispute, lowered tariffs, established a sub-treasury, and retired from office after one term.

The very first Olympic race, held in 776 BC, was won by Corubus, a chef.

Major League Baseball teams use about 850,000 balls per season.

A soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels, held together by 642 stitches.

Golf the only sport played on the moon – on 6 February 1971 Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.

Sharks and rays are the only animals known to man that don’t get cancer. Scientists believe this has something to do with the fact that they don’t have bones, but cartilage.

Hot water is heavier than cold.

Only one satellite has been ever been destroyed by a meteor: the European Space Agency’s Olympus in 1993.

Harry S. Truman’s mother, a Confederate sympathizer, refused to sleep in Lincoln’s bed during a White House visit.

William Taft is the only president to also serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1921-1930).

U. S. Grant’s wife, Julia, owned slaves during the Civil War while her husband served as general of the Union Army.

Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln. was at the scene of or nearby three presidential assassinations — his father’s, William McKinley’s, and James Garfield’s. He was also once saved from possible injury or death by Edwin T. Booth, the brother of his father’s assassin John Wilkes Booth.

Theodore Roosevelt had a photographic memory. He could read a page in the time it took anyone else to read a sentence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting stuff…

Got this in an email from a family friend. Thought I’d share.

 

*Lesson # 1:*
*
* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Proposed Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000(Remember we have had no budget the for past 3 years – compliments of the U. S. Senate.)
* New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

Let’s now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:*
*
* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts so far: $**385**

Got It ?????*
*
OK now Lesson # 2:*

*Here’s another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:

Let’s say, we come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in the neighborhood….and our home has sewage all the way up to  the ceilings.

What do you think we should do ……

Raise the ceilings, or pump out the crap?

The choice is coming Nov. 2012. *

*Vote wisely. *

Huh? Useless trivia and what-not.

Q: What’s the difference between a cannon and a mortar?

A: A cannon is used to shoot at an obstacle, such as a wall or other fortifications. A mortar is used to shoot over walls and other fortifications.

 

Q: What’s the difference between scissors and shears?

A: Scissors are 6 inches or shorter in length while shears are over 6 inches.

 

Animal groupings…

Ordinary birds are a flock.

Geese on land are a gaggle.

Porcupines are a prickle.

Dragonflies are a cluster.

Owls are a parliament.

Platypus are a puddle.

Crows are either a coven or a murder of crows.

Dolphins and whales are a pod.

Crocodiles and alligators are a congregation.

Butterflies are a flutter.

Kangaroos are a mob.

Lemurs are a plot.

Squirrels are a squad.