Category Archives: The Human Condition

A heartwarming Video will make you feel better.

Oh my God is this something. Watch this to feel better about life.

Stevens, who reportedly has the physical abilities of a 6-month-old but an intellectual ability close to his age level, is laid on the ground, unable to stand on his own. Kievit bends down to shake his outstretched hand, and begins fake wrestling with Stevens as the match begins. As the crowd cheers, Kievit pulls Stevens’ arm over himself, struggling all the while, and allows a beaming Stevens to win the match.

via We Dare You Not to Get a Little Emotional Watching This 7th Grade Wrestling Vid | Video | TheBlaze.com.

My mother seems to have attempted suicide…

Sorry for not posting anything during this crucial time for our country. It happens that I have a personal issue that has occupied my time. My mother seems to have attempted suicide by consuming hundreds of aspirin.

She had toxic levels of aspirin higher than anyone in Michigan’s Poison Control agency has ever seen.

And she is still alive…

Rest assured, however, before I headed north to tend to this I submitted an absentee ballot!

Shocker: High Unemployment helps Obama!

Jonathan David Carson has an interesting piece today on American Thinker: Articles: Does High Unemployment Really Hurt Obama?. Essentially, he notes, but does not try to explain, that areas in the U.S. with the highest unemployment show the strongest support for Obama. And vise versa.

Obviously, this turns upside down the traditional thought that those out of work will be most desirous of changing the folks in charge.

There is an interesting comment that made me recall a section in my novel. The comment, by MaskedKayakMan, notes

From WikiPedia: In the learned helplessness experiment an animal is repeatedly hurt by an adverse stimulus which it cannot escape.

Eventually the animal will stop trying to avoid the pain and behave as if it is utterly helpless to change the situation.
Finally, when opportunities to escape are presented, this learned helplessness prevents any action. The only coping mechanism the animal uses is to be stoical and put up with the discomfort, not expending energy getting worked up about the adverse stimulus.

Over fifty years of indoctrination in the government schools have finally yielded results. Political correctness has effectively neutered the American male. When everyone gets a trophy, why even try? Why work when you can go on permanent disability or unemployment? We’re deluged with example after example of lottery winners, people who have gotten rich simply for being famous, criminals who have profited from their crimes, and so on.

Obama’s supporters are life’s losers, and they are bitter. They’d rather watch it all burn than do something constructive to fix it.

I don’t agree that “all” Obama supporters are life’s losers–as clearly, that’s not true. Indeed, the statement is offensive.

But, an inescapable conclusion from what we see is that far too many on welfare are quite happy with the situation… And they are generally not voting Republican.

Still, there is something else at work, I think.

Nate Smith, in my novel, encountered a situation that ought to have raised the ire of a number of people. Yet, no one objected to what was happening, and this confounded Nate until he came across a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville who was commenting on what he saw happening, even back then, in America:

It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting: such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the Shepherd.

My conclusion is this: we have been beaten down, continually administered pain, and overwhelmed by complicated rules to the point of becoming, at best, a flock of timid but industrious animals, and a worse, a horde of loafers quite happy to remain on welfare.

Ever desirous of more government, the U.N. now wants to regulate prostitution

More brilliance from the United Nations. These socialists really believe that government intervention can cure all.

Take, for instance, the notion that “regulating” prostitution will reduce AIDS.

Can someone explain that? Are we to presume that a prostitute will suddenly now insist that her John use a condom?

Or that now, suddenly, the John will insist of using one?

Really?

Do they have any studies to support this? I’d like to read them, because it flies in the face of common sense, as does much government regulation.

Common sense tell me that the use of a condom by the man, if insisted upon by either party, is the result of a desire by that individual for self preservation. It’s a personal decision made for personal reasons, is it not? And without a compliance officer in the bedroom, or alley, I fail to see how any amount of government regulation will change that dynamic.

Don’t you just love socialists?

AIDS used as reason to legalize prostitutes – Washington Times.

Sympathy for the Devil?

Excellent comments over at calguns.net regarding my novel have made me realize something I had not appreciated. Easily excited people have expressed concern that I may be advocating violence against the US or even a racial war because I depict some pretty horrible stuff. I couldn’t understand how anyone could confuse my depiction of an event from my endorsement of an event.

After all, no one imagines that Tom Clancy wanted a nuclear bomb to go off in a football stadium in the US, but that is what he depicted in The Sum of All Fears. I assumed that these people, believing me to be advocating such horrors and even illegal acts, were simply unhinged.

But, many people reading my story have commented that my characters have a greater breadth and depth that is ordinarily seen in thrillers of this type. And that made me think, and I put two and two together…

My goal was, indeed, to create characters with what I thought were the full range of human emotions and motivations.

  • Bad people can and do love.
  • Good people can and do hate.

Moreover, people we think of as evil do not see themselves that way. And, in some respects, they often are not. The Rolling Stones commented, in Sympathy For The Devil,

Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
Cause I’m in need of some restraint
So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I’ll lay your soul to waste, …

Thus did I make Nate Smith an evil character in whom we could see and feel legitimate motivations. And thus did I place Jeff and Anne at the center of a maelstrom that may destroy them if they act, but will destroy the country if they don’t …

To be conflicted with good and evil is the nature of our existence, and incidentally, the reason to be thankful for the cleansing blood of Jesus.

Some of that is clearly showing through my characters and has, it seems, given some to believe I have sympathy for the devil.

Well I don’t. But I do have sympathy for any human who struggles, but fails, to do what is right.