Good morning and I hope this post find you safe and unaffected by tragedy.
For my worldwide readers, thank you for checking in. For my stateside readers, I’m sure you are aware of the tragedy that occurred in Orlando, Florida over the weekend. Simply stated the shooting was a hate crime. A person who targets a gay club, killing 49 people and injuring another 50 plus people (before being shot dead by the police) is operating with a pretty sick and warped agenda.
As I am composing this post, I am listening to Disturbed’s rendition of Land of Confusion which was previous done by a Phil Collins led Genesis. Just to give it a little perspective.
Why is someone’s sexual preference anyone else’s business? So many people get hung up on their opinions and how things make them feel. Then in turn they project those filters over other people of different races, genders, backgrounds, etc and expect them to conform to their expectations. Here’s a clue: This aint Leave It To Beaverland. The black and white episodes depicting an awkward scenario where everything is worked out within 30 minutes and everyone sits down at the dinner table with that Mr Clean smile, sorry file not found.
Every single stupid thing in today’s society is a thousand times more complicated than it was ten or twenty years ago. For example, I went to get my girlfriend some food at the drive thru across the street a couple of days ago. Sitting in the drive thru lane, I realized I did not have my phone with me. Back when I was 16 and began driving, cell phones were the size of a liter bottle of water and cost a small fortune (no texting, no touch screen and no internet on them). Nowadays, Obviously, cell phones are small and sleek and reasonably affordable. The point I am trying to make is I was momentarily freaked out by not having my cell phone. What if the car broke down? What if I was in an accident? What if I needed to check-in on the Swarm app to be registered for a chance at a $1000.00 giveaway? Oh the humanity. What did I do back in the spring of 1989 without a cell phone and an aging car that could go kaput at any second? Well I drove to and fro and when the car did occasionally break down, I would use the phone where I worked or walk to the nearest house to ask to use their phone to call my mom to come get me.
In this day and age of Criminal Minds TV, that thought just makes the skin crawl. That’s why we have Smart phones now. We can leave those people barriers in place and never interact with anyone we do not chose to except via social media profiles.
So back to the shootings in Orlando. This is reported as the worst terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11. Other mass shootings have occurred in 2012 and 2007 that had a similar amount of fatalities. The government classifies acts of this nature as a terrorist action regardless of the origin of the perpetrators. Remember Timothy McVeigh and the events of April 19, 1995? McVeigh and his accomplice Terry Nichols – along with Michael Fortier – were branded domestic terrorists for their attack on the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Those home based terrorists killed 168 people (including 19 children) for a wayward concept of what they thought was right. Tell me what did those 19 children (not to mention the 149 other people) have to do with the existing government processes and laws these three men were scheming against? Spiderweb that event out to include the families and friends affected by those 168 deaths and I’m sure countless people (who had absolutely nothing to do with the government process) lost something on that day 21 years ago.
Now fast forward to 2016 and The Pulse night club – Orlando’s Latin Hotspot. Forty-nine people killed and fifty-three additional injured – including police personnel required to neutralize the threat. But Scott, the other articles say there were 50 people killed? Those articles are including the man who pulled the trigger starting the bloodshed and death. Police killed the shooter. I think it’s an insult to loop in the shooter’s death with the victims. The shooter was a monster, not a person. He may have been born of woman, but to act in a fashion like this is simply monstrous. And why? Because your archaic beliefs say their way of life is an abomination? Guess what? I think all the corporate company CEO’s who have countless millions (if not billions) of dollars while laying off the workforce who generated that revenue for their companies are greedy a-holes. It doesn’t mean I’m going to go all Jigsaw from the Saw movies on them. Some things in life are hard to accept and swallow but much of being an adult is accepting things you do not like. Did Dr. Martin Luther King pull out an automatic weapon and start blasting every white person he saw for his views of racial equality? Don’t think so. Great men who want to change things do so with their minds and compelling words, not sheer violence. So for this monster to execute these people who were acting in a legal fashion within these here United States, it goes beyond comprehension. The goal of the shooter was to strike a blow against people of a gay lifestyle persuasion? Guess what you dead piece of trash, not everyone in that club was gay.
Here in St Louis there are many gay and lesbian bars and clubs. I know because I have been to a few myself and I am not gay. I may act a bit effeminate and be a bit over-sensitive but I am still heterosexual. The gay clubs are a fun time to people watch and enjoy the ambiance. Gay people are just like every one else. They have jobs and stresses and bills to pay. They play sports and like the same things from the grocery store as ‘straight’ people. They just choose to love a person with the same set of genitalia. I do not understand why religions and such get hung up on that. When a heterosexual couple gets together or friends for that matter – isn’t it always you are supposed to look inside at what’s in the person’s heart? A good union has nothing to do with a penis and a vagina – it’s two people who complete and compliment one another.
In this day and age of Netflix, steroids and freaky fast delivery from Jimmy Johns – why are so many people stuck in the middles ages of thought? For crying out loud, the Gold Medal winner of the 1976 Olympic decathlon changed from a man into a woman! People have virtual relationships with people whom they have never even physically touched in real life! You can cook a bag of microwave broccoli in four minutes! Cars can park themselves! A reality TV show host is the front runner to be the next president! Something called Sharknado has sequels! Wake up people! This is not the middle ages where people lived to be thirty. If you do not agree with someone else’s life choices (see Jerry Springer) GET THE F##K OVER IT! It is none of your damn business. If it really bothers you so much drink a special batch of grape Kool-Aid laced with Drano and go away and leave everyone else in peace.
This has been my soapbox Monday and I appreciate you sitting through my rant. Your personal life is none of my business unless you ask my advice. Even then I am going to try to talk to you from a place of logic and what ultimately I think will make you happy. Every one have a peaceful day and I hope you have someone to wrap your arms around tonight who loves you without prejudice. Go forth and may the universe protect you today.