Saving Sanity: a noble cause

Is a once a week rant too much to ask or expect for a blog? Yes, as a matter of fact it is. The problem is not the lack of material but rather the sheer volume of it.

That also can lead to things like burnout, exhaustion, even suffocation in a sea of mud. Just saying. So silence is not golden but may at times be the only viable option.

Something has bugged me though ever since I have been doing this blog. It is the amount of humor we use and whether it is appropriate? I mean these are serious times, and does the humor contribute to the coarsening of culture? I’m not sure.

Well, blah blah. I remember a past Bible study over whether humor is bad thing or acceptable? See, there was a belief at one time that Christians should refrain from humor, certainly in Church settings. I think that might have fallen by the wayside, but was once a real issue. The point was humor diminished Christianity.

It took away the seriousness of issues. It was seen to some as an insult. We know some people, for many reasons, do not appreciate humor anyway. But on serious matters it was frowned on. It was thought a type of mockery that didn’t belong in serious debate or dialogue. Using it diminished one’s credibility.

Someone finally wrote a book explaining that humor was not wrong and listed examples of humor in the Old and New Testament. So one cannot ban humor in theory.

My issue with all this is how can you look around today and not have a sense of humor about things? That doesn’t mean you take issues less seriously….or does it? This is where rationality and sanity come in. A rational person is aware of the serious nature yet can still poke fun at the condition of society. It doesn’t diminish one’s sincerity, or an issue itself.

Sometimes humor is the only way — or one of the ways — people can cope or deal with a given situation. It can cover pain, or masque all kinds of personal emotion.

It is similar with some violence these days. You see random murders and people killed for no visible reason. One struggles with trying to understand why? As if we need to know why to make sense of it. Humor is different. Humor makes sense in a funny way. But we are struck at a murder that had no rational reason for it. That it keeps on happening adds to all those questions. We don’t know and may never know. Sometimes even the killer had no reason. This is where rational thought has a problem. We almost need to see why. And some people today are uncomfortable with just calling it evil. It bothers us and it should. We don’t want to lay a blanket excuse over it just to try to explain it. An excuse that may or not be true. And explaining evil may be excusing it.

Humor can punctuate events without tainting them — or at least intending to.

Does using humor on serious issues take away seriousness from them? Maybe it can; though attributing false explanations also takes away from them. We almost expect those. I question fairness in a lot circumstances and think of humor as a great equalizer. Is that wrong? I don’t think so. Sometimes humor points out the absurdity. Sometimes nothing short of a punch line does it justice. (no matter how bad the event) I think we know that doesn’t mean the thing was funny or a joke. We don’t mean it is not serious.

Late night comics in recent years have gone to a whole different level. In fact, their humor has become the absurdity — and maybe even the thing that drives any of their jokes. And less, their jokes don’t seem to be funny anymore but their absurdity is obvious. Then for these intended jokes to be taken as fact or for mainstream political dialogue is another matter. Their absurd humor replaces political thought. It becomes mainstream opinion. This has been validated over and over since Trump took office.

Defamation of character?

They have basically turned Trump, or what he is about, into a joke. I get the joke part and we make jokes about Hillary. But that is different, no one loses sight of the seriousness of the threat she represents. We still understand all her real flaws. Still we use humor to poke fun at or take the edge off the hyper-serious nature — seriousness she imbues on herself. We don’t lose sight of the greater issue. The fears and concern so big that humor can be a coping mechanism because we cannot see or visualize the whole extent. It is beyond simple description — and breaks all past comparisons. So you see there is a difference. Their political objective is to reduce Trump to an absurd caricature

But these days the joke is the entire issue. The left turns the joke into reality, instead of vice versa. Humor is used as ridicule, and the left does ridicule as a political weapon well. In fact, the purpose of it is to bury or lose sight of the truth and reality.

See there is a proper purpose for humor as hyperbole. It is also a tool. It points out the error through exaggeration. Again, that is not to lose sight of the truth. It is not to try to turn hyperbole into literal reality. The Bible uses hyperbole for emphasis. The object is not to make hyperbole a fact. We are also supposed to know and see the difference.

But then when Trump uses hyperbole or exaggerates something, the truth slayers run out to correct any errors. Yet they have accepted their fictional character of Trump as reality. Trump, off the cuff, uses a lot of rhetorical tools. That is why the left likes it, they busy themselves pointing out any perceived inaccuracies. Funny how they don’t “factcheck” themselves or their depiction of Trump and coverage.

We are in an era when reality has no value to the left. Into that void they have put narrative, and perception has become their only reality. So when humor is applied, it is taken as perception — which it is — but then taken as fact or reality. The narrative rules and protecting that narrative becomes their chief mission. Humor is not humor, it is now reality. That narrative drives their politics, even moreso than they drive the narrative.

Right Ring | Bullright

Hillary’s fun tour preempts her listening tour

Call it a scheduling change. Hillary, well known for her listening tours, now recommends therapeutic fun for what ails you. The irony of the humor-challenged Clinton discovering the need for fun, now that’s funny! According to Hillary, we need a break.

Eureka, she’s discovered the mother load fun deficit. And she has the cure.

Hillary seems to be on a roll. Never a ‘dull‘ moment for someone trying to shake the baggage of her ‘really old‘ narrative. So she schemed up a diversion an idea ripe for today, she wants to start a fun camp. (and we thought she was already a laughing stock)

Apparently she’s given this some thought. Well, what passes for thought from Hillary.

Let the fun begin. She wants her peeps to be happy campers. And what a spokesperson for the cause, eh?

She stumbled upon a central problem with Dems: when their politics suck and they are losing ground, they are the most unhappy crowd you’ve ever seen. Now she plans on rectifying all that. The question is can she escalate it into bread and circuses?

But at least her idea has supplied lots of fodder for the right, and they are getting some laughs out of it. I doubt very much the Elizabeth Warren crowd is very amused though.

Instead of that fun deficit, how about we fix the truth deficit? Start by releasing the server and Benghazi emails that apparently, to Hillary, were not ready for prime time disclosure. Or were they too funny for prime time? Then she can do her “dirty dancing” tour.

Now maybe I can petition that Blue Toy company to come up with a “Hostess Hillary” fun doll version to fit in the Clinton collection? So now she wants to be the Comic-in-Chief.

So this is a new idea. But she did look like she was having a little too much fun on State Dept’s dole already, now we know why. Are these separate cabins going to have separate servers? Will all records be “private”? Maybe Biden and Bubba can be the welcoming committee? Rumor is when Hillary said “camp for adults” Bill Clinton’s eyes lit up.

Nuttier than squirrel food

Having a look around tells you there is lots to leave you scratching your head, even giving you a chuckle.

The big production on Keystone that was Landrieu’s Hail Mary went bust. She was shutdown by her own offense. The defense on the other side couldn’t save her from her own linemen.

A befuddled Obama overseas said ‘I am just now hearing about this” to the montage of Johnathon Gruber quotes. Makes you think Gruber must have been the life of the party at those secret Obamcare meetings. I bet he was a hoot.

Harry Reid allowed the Keystone vote while his henchmen organized the vote to prevent its passage. However, Harry still manages to pass gas with no trouble.

In Australia, someone actually had the chutzpah to tell Putin to get out of Ukraine, to which he responded ‘Russia is not in Ukraine.’ Seems he is as good at whoppers as Obama is.

A little-known ‘fanged deer’ was found in Afghanistan, thought to have been extinct. Seems it did not cave to the common perceptions.

Obama announced a need for peace talks following Palestinians’ terrorist attack in a synagogue. I’m quite sure lack of peace talks was the cause.

In a presentation, Gruber said “It’s an exploitation of the of the lack of economic understanding of voters.” That translates to ‘an exploitation of the ignorance of voters,’ which boils down to ‘exploitation of voters’. Someone finally admitted it.

The odd part in Grubergate’s truth was that so much of the public had pointed out many of the fallacies and obfuscations with Obamacare only to be dismissed by media as wackos, or conspiracy theorists. Somehow that all sounds more credible from the architect of Obamacare. So it was the economically versed people they tried hardest to conceal the truth from. He also proved the stupidity of government for paying him that much money to help them lie.

We saw the administration finally recognize a 21 day quarantine for Ebola risks. But amnesty for illegals that have been here over ten years just can’t wait a minute longer. I guess the amnesty virus needs no incubation period.

In the midterms, Dems had a communication gap with working class Americans that resulted in a mass firing of Democrat pols. From the unemployment line, they still claim to represent the working class.

Lois Lerner is glad Gruber came along.

The VA is taking immediate actions on the scandal. “We’re acting aggressively, expeditiously and consistent with the law,” McDonald said. The VA secretary says it will take some time. I guess government employees have more rights to stand on than those Vets.

IBT: Disciplinary action was taken against 5,600 VA employees this year, he said, including some who are still with the federal agency. “We’re acting aggressively, expeditiously and consistent with the law,” McDonald said.

A NYT article on Ferguson found a new way to describe the violent protest efforts as “less passive” than older generations’.

Barack Obama officially declares himself an Emperor by issuing an Executive Order of amnesty. He said he could not do it before because he was not an emperor

Obama surprised everyone with his gift of telepathy, reading the minds of non-voters and telling leaders of Ferguson protests that he knew what it was they were advocating. Then he said the majority of Palestinians want peace. His mind reading hasn’t been so helpful on the Islamic State, who he says are not Islamic.

Judging by how nutty fall has been, it is going to be a heck of a winter.

RightRing | Bullright

A guy with a grudge against patio furniture

Now here is a creative idea for a slow news day. But what are the choices really?

I guess you had to see it. News guy does an editorial rant complaining about all the pictures they receive of snow-covered patio furniture. A clever bit by a Colorado station to suggest many other subjects in the snowy state, rather than boring pictures of patio furniture covered in snow. Well, it was good.

But care to make a bet on how many photos of patio furniture he receives after that?

Well then, you can’t top that, but there’s always that infamous guy up north who knows a little about snow himself. A rantster spells it out in a video:

Okay, compared to pictures of the world’s most pathetic snowmen, pictures of a snowman in a drunken stupor seem to have a bit longer shelf life.

Neither is very attractive though. But there’s always despised patio furniture.

Thoughts: the shutdown

 

THOUGHTS
by
Just Gene
about
THE SHUTDOWN

 

OR – HAS ANYONE SEEN ELMER????????????????

A guy stopped at a local gas station and, after filling his tank, he paid the bill and bought a soft drink. He stood by his car to drink his cola and watched a couple of men working along the roadside. One man would dig a hole two or three feet deep and then move on. The other man came along behind him and filled in the hole. While one was digging a new hole, the other was 25 feet behind, filling in the hole. The men worked right past the guy with the soft drink and went on down the road.  “I can’t stand this,” said the man tossing the can into a trash container and headed down the road toward the men. “Hold it, hold it,” he said to the men. “Can you tell me what’s going on here with all this digging and refilling?” “Well, we work for the government and we’re just doing our job,” one of the men said. “But one of you is digging a hole and the other fills it up. You’re not accomplishing anything. Aren’t you wasting the taxpayers’ money?” “You don’t understand, mister,” one of the men said, leaning on his shovel and wiping his brow. “Normally, there’s three of us: me, Elmer and Leroy. I dig the hole, Elmer sticks in the tree, and Leroy here puts the dirt back. Elmer’s job’s been cut … so now, it’s just me an’ Leroy.”

luvya

Obama Support Group Travels to Bush Library

I was searching for a little political humor, you know, to just take the edge off a little.
And I think I found it. I’ll put a [J] for laugh to make it easier.

Today, Obama went to the Bush library for the dedication. [J] Hard as that was for him. By the way, Bush did not invite Pelosi, Hoyer, or Reid. But apparently Hoyer was miffed.[J]

However, just look at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. All that rush to protest that occurred, even Bill and Hillary declined to go. When they saw the protests, they snubbed her. And Democrats initially blocked the resolution to honor Margaret Thatcher.

Now comes Bush library and they are surprised at not being invited, probably so they could decline anyway? Nevertheless, Obama goes

Hoyer, the Democratic House whip who represents southern Maryland, complained privately to colleagues about the slight earlier Thursday, HuffPost was told. A second House source confirmed the lack of an invitation to Pelosi and Hoyer, and a Reid aide said that the Senate majority leader was not invited. [J]

Rather than all the presidents being an “exclusive club”, Obama said it was more of a “support group”. [J] So now he declares himself a member of a support group. Yea, what nonsense. The guy has not missed one opportunity to blame Bush even for his own failures, and then calls it a “support group”? [J]

Obama said: “When all the living former presidents are together, it is also a special day for our democracy. We’ve been called “world’s most exclusive club and we do have a pretty nice clubhouse, but the truth is our “club” is more like a support group.” The last time we all got together was just before I took office, and I needed that. …because, as each of these leaders will tell you, no matter how much you may think you are ready to assume the office of the presidency, its impossible to truly understand the nature …/.” [J, J, J, J]

Who in the world… or “world’s most exclusive club”… does he think he’s kidding?

I can interpret that support. Obama: “you are all here for me and should support me. I, however, can stab each of you in the back whenever I want. That includes you too, Mr. Jimmy. Now any questions? I didn’t think so…Support on!”

But of course, we know the way it works for the Bastid-in-Chief, everybody needs to support him. How long, he hasn’t decided yet but he’ll let us know. Where is Obama’s contribution of support?

“Support group” [J]– isn’t that the funniest thing you ever heard?

True story though…

Low-Information Voter’s Guide

The Low-Information Voter’s Guide to Politics

Sunday, March 10, 2013
By Findalis
Monkey in the Middle

by Oleg Atbashian

Are you typically lost when co-workers discuss current events around the water cooler? Do you have trouble figuring out the national debt or who that Ben Ghazi dude is, but you know what’s on Kim Kardashian’s grocery list?

If you think you only deserve fun answers to all life’s questions … you’re right! This primer will help you look smart and morally superior in any political discussion. Just memorize these big words, explained in easy terms you already know from TMZ and The Daily Show:

BIASED: If you have a weird friend who goes to church and her parents are still married, that’s what they are.

ELECTIONS: These are like the Teen Choice Awards: the coolest and most popular wins. Democrats always win because they are cool and popular. Republicans are more like your weird friend’s parents.

DEBT CEILING: This is like Lindsay Lohan’s probation: by law, she should go to jail if she gets arrested, but we all know she won’t.

PUBLIC EDUCATION. Think Memento. Remember how the guy in the movie learned to go through life and fight enemies by relying on snapshots, notes, and tattoos? Public education does that on a national level as a free service.

IM-MI-GRA-TION: Whew, that’s a long word — just like that velvet rope outside nightclubs. When really fun people arrive, you just open it right up.

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Continue: http://faultlineusa.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-low-information-voters-guide-to.html

And actually, they really are that challenged.
Just think, these could be the jurors in the next “high-profile” case.