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A few not-so-random thoughts on a rainy Thursday morning

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, November 30, 2017

A few not-so-random thoughts on a rainy Thursday morning
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I’ve been “accused”…

…of being verbose, at least a time or two. The way I see it, why use two, three, or four words, when 50 or 60 will do?

And, I’ve similarly been accused of being “articulate,” to which I once responded, “as if I’m the only articulate man there is.” Maybe it’s the X-Y chromosome in me. Who knows? Are “articulate” men like “hen’s teeth” – truly in short supply?

At any rate…

Seriously, however, I think verbosity is a part of the “teacher” in me. Mama has said many times throughout my life, that I have an innate ability to teach.

Now, if you’ll pardon the Forrest Gump-ian expression… (I am a native Alabamian, after all.)

The act of education (yes, it is a verb) is the impartation of knowledge and understanding to those who have none. And face it, we’re all ignorant on some topic, to one extent, or another. Probably many. And that’s in part why we need one another.

Nevertheless…

Recently, an observation of mine was mischaracterized as “ad hominem shit.” Now, to be certain, I rarely engage in such, and in fact, eschew it simply because it adds nothing to one’s understanding. Ad hominem is Latin for “to the man” and refers to an argument made (not a belligerent one, of course) which has nothing to do with the subject, and is rather addressed to the person individually. In essence, it is an attack upon one’s personality, per se. In other words, it’d be like Roy Moore saying to Doug Jones, “and your breath stinks, too!” It is illogical, and a distraction from the subject at hand. In philosophical and mathematical circles, it’s called a false argument. How one’s breath smells has nothing to do with anything, other than being a characterization of the smell of one’s breath. And right now, mine smells like cappuccino.

There’s little disagreement from most everyone that the tenor of our national politics (especially) is rancorous. Often, discord is enflamed by characterizations such as “Cheeto,” “POS45” (my personal flavorite), “Kenyan,” “Liar in Chief,” etc. That aspect of politics is great sport to many, and on occasion, I have engaged in a small bit of it myself. Naturally, saying those things makes us “feel good” or attempts to express our often-negative emotions about a particular person – that is, how they make us FEEL, not think. And to be certain, it IS important for us to be able to express our thoughts AND our feelings, but casting disparaging remarks and aspersions does NOT describe how WE FEEL. And in that way, it is ad hominem. That’s prolly where being “articulate” comes in handy.

KGS had posted a USA Today news item about the recent “firing” of Garrison Keillor, longtime former host of Minnesota Public Radio’s show “A Prairie Home Companion,” whom had actually been retired from the show to which he owns the name. Consequently, because MPR is “terminating its contracts” and “will end its business relationships with Mr. Keillor’s media companies effective immediately,” MPR will be changing the name of the show, which is now hosted by entertainer/musician Chris Thile, whom Keillor hand-picked, and end distribution of The Writer’s Almanac, end rebroadcasts of A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Keillor, and separate from the Pretty Good Goods online catalogue, among other things in which Keillor has interests.

This is NOT to justify any allegation of impropriety made against Keillor, nor is it to diminish advancing actions that acknowledge the exact nature, extent and severity of a problem, but instead is to promote civil society, and to promote equality with males by acknowledging wrong actions by males which have been cloaked, and it is not to “take sides,” but simply to acknowledge that he has been “fired.” In an email to the Minnesota Star-Tribune after MPR’s public declaration concerning him, Keillor wrote in part that “I put my hand on a woman’s bare back. I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches. She recoiled. I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called.”

Keillor’s gentle, easy-going, even “grandfatherly” on-air persona is the only thing most of us have ever experienced of him. Suffice it to say, that many found news of his dismissal shocking for that reason. Whether he has such a pleasant persona off-air is unknown by most. But we want to believe he does -and- out of an abundance of caution, we want to believe his accuser… which is probably why he was fired in such an out-of-hand manner. Doubtless, in the days ahead, there will be lawsuits filed.

Naturally, we all (hopefully) find these recent allegations against men in powerful and public positions to be more than alarming, and deeply disturbing that cover-ups of relational and behavioral impropriety have gone on for years, allowing unabated malfeasance to continue.

It was to that sense of amazement in which LK wrote that, “I’m going to get flamed for this….however…. as both a feminist and a lover of men, it’s starting to feel like one big, man-hating witch burning.”

In response to L, I wrote:

“L, it seems that actress Susan Sarandon has taken some flack for what others perceived she said about essentially the same thought which you expressed. I concur with your sentiment. Even the late actor James Dean was reported to have said that HE had to have sex with men in Hollywood in order to get work.

“Upon examining Sarandon’s statement IN CONTEXT, and her subsequent, and previous remarks pertinent to the same, it seems evident to me that some, even many, are misconstruing her thoughts, which she very effectively stated, and clarified numerous times.

“It is that women need their own independent economic power, which is to say, they need EQUALITY with men in EVERY way. That is hardly an expression of support for POS45, or his administration’s misguided policies. It is, as I see it, a hope for failure, per se, by this administration, in order to create an even BETTER opportunity for Democrats and others opposed to POS45 to be soon elected.

“With regard to Alabama’s Special Election December 12, 2017, for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, it is my opinion that whether embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore wins, or loses to Democrat candidate Doug Jones, it will be GOOD for the nation as a whole, because it is TRUE what retiring U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in an unguarded moment of candor to Mesa’s mayor, that “if we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast.” He was referring to the GOP. Again, either way – win, or lose – America WILL progress, and the GOP WILL be ousted.”

Similarly, in response to another on the very same topic, I had succinctly remarked that, “I think & hope their toast will be burnt. It’s darkest before dawn. Strategy v Tactics”

L’s reply was:
“Thank you so much for this thoughtful reply to my comment. In many cases, there are no longer blurred lines when it comes to opinions on social media…you are either strictly FOR or AGAINST. And that piece of shit in office has only made it worse…his negative actions have set the precedent for bad behavior in all things. But i’m not willing to turn a suspicious eye towards every guy i see and assume that he’s ‘Just like the rest of them.’

“And when some feminists do, i ask them if they think that women are all alike as well? At what point did we strictly become our sex alone….why is that our only identity? When do we stop labeling people and assume that they must act and think in a certain way because they’re male or female? Unfortunately, i don’t ever think humans will realize a time when we’ve evolved past divisions in sex, origin, or race. Think of how much we could accomplish as a specie if we did.”

Dear reader, I welcome your thoughts upon anything expressed herein.

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