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Now they can be as miserable as the rest of us – and that is a good thing.


I’m not a partisan guy. I don’t choose my friends based on party affiliation. I don’t defriend people on Facebook who simply disagree with me on one particular issue. As a result this mentality yields friendships on both sides of the marriage equality issue. Both sides have often heard my many jokes on how everyone should have the same right to be miserable when it comes to the marriage issue. I have also joked [with some seriousness] that some probably fear same-sex couples might be more successful with it when it comes to divorce.

But the bottom line is for heterosexual people – this is not about us. You can still have your personal beliefs. You will not be forced to marry the same sex. Your liberty is unchanged. You only have to share it now just like the air you breathe.

With regards to personal and religious beliefs about marriage: When marriage was an institution governed only by the church, religious sects governed who could and could not marry. This became a civil rights issue the moment that secular governments got involved with the institution and starting licensing the rite and essentially turning it into a legal entity. Judges and Magistrates who perform marriages are performing a civil service much like your local secretary of state signs off on a corporation. They are not religious positions – they are civil positions and this notion of religious infringement conflicts with their duties in government. They should quit if this cannot be reconciled. Bear in mind, however, I do believe Pastors, Rabbis, Imams, etc. have the right to exercise a religious exemption to performing these ceremonies.

Just because I have not been all that great a fan of marriage due to failures on my part with two marriages does not mean I am against marriage. While I discourage all of my friends to get married unless it is an absolute necessity, having that right is inalienable. It was never about wanting to as much as it was about being able to.

I assure you the world will not end. There will be no one setting themselves on fire. There will be no one moving to Canada. There *will* be a lot of awkward conversations between celebrity couples who now must fulfill promises to get married. There will be wedding-related businesses expanding into this new market and there will be a surge in overall marriages – which will mean later on down the road we will see who will be the real winners – Divorce Attorneys. 🙂

 

But for a lot of good people out there, there will be happiness that comes with this sense of normalcy.

Religious Freedom: Code for “I Hate Homos”


Does the “religious freedom” act in Indiana mean Muslims can practice Sharia law? Can Rastafarians smoke marijuana freely? Can FLDS members have multiple wives? Or is this solely the freedom to discriminate against homosexuals? Why did they lie and not call it what it is – the “Christian Freedom to refuse service to Homosexuals Act.” I love how homophobic “Free-Market Conservatives” are in an uproar about businesses exercising their rights as free-market conservatives NOT to do business in certain States where these laws are being passed. Discrimination is bad for business. You legislate discrimination in your state, you send a message to a certain type of people they are not welcome in that state. You are intentionally (or perhaps unintentionally) reducing the market. Many businesses don’t want to be a part of that – and they have that right. They don’t want people to think they do not want their money. You are always hearing me state why I am not a Democrat – well this is one of the many reasons I am not a Republican.

My First Time Watching a Crowd-Funded Theatrical Release


I was interested to see this because I was aware that it was crowd-funded. This was the first movie that was both simultaneously released in theater and on-demand that I watched the day it came out. The secondary supporting actor in this film were the wigs worn by the “BabyDoll” character. I could not decide which one I liked better – the Emo wig or the “Davey Jones” wig. But larry Miller was missing some serious makeup. A surprisingly good cast that did not consist of Carolla lackeys. I’ve listened to the Carolla podcasts and he can be quite repetitive with his jokes. i wished he did not recycle them here – that would be my only critique – otherwise, a well-written movie with a great story line. As one who has spent a lot of time on the road, i can appreciate much of what is talked about in this film. If Adam Carolla wants to be taken seriously as an actor – he needs to learn how to play another character besides himself. There is also some weakness in the writing of Kevin Hench. I know Adam loves the guy – but this is a reason Adam’s movies do not get the due they get – there is no left-wing conspiracy. The actual pieces of “good writing” that do appear come from nowhere – just like Dana Gould. Also – I cannot wait for Carolla’s next film because he will actually have to come up with something that would require him to generate range. His last movie was about boxing and this one dives into carpentry. We are running out of real-life Carolla to mine from. Also the female character lead could not be so headstrong and within two days of meeting Carolla’s character turn into such a clingy person. On talent and jokes, I would give 5 stars. On Writing, I would give it a 3.5. On directing and editing, I would give it less than 3.

Charlie Hebdo Murders are Just an Extreme Form of Internet Censorship


Before you jump on the Charlie Hebdo outrage bandwagon, ask yourself what you tried to censor yourself just in the past year alone? What “offensive” material on Facebook upset you and you wanted taken down? How many tweet wars did you get into? I am a provocateur – but I am totally against censorship – and hypocrisy. While I tweet complaints about the manner in which Adam Carolla handles his business or “Pirate ship” – or the hypocrisy of Lena Dunham and liberal privilege (the *true* white privilege) – I WOULD NEVER want them forced to be silent. I would proudly stand for their rights to exist, earn a living in a competitive marketplace of ideas.

Still ruminating on my earlier question? Let me elaborate. Rather than de-friend or block that individual who gave you the red-ass, how many of you reported them to Facebook? How many of you jumped on a particular mob false Internet rage bandwagon. How many of you take the hashtag ‪#‎sjw‬causes to heart to selective apply the 1st amendment? What do you think free speech suppression leads to?

Nothing is theoretically above criticism or satire although there are standards for taste. Never to the level of murder. Never worth murder though. If every publication would reprint those pictures, it would send a message. They can’t kill everybody. It likely will not happen -but we can dream, can’t we?

I try to adhere to a principle on my own social media accounts. I generally do not remove posts based on opinions or block people for that reason. I would hope that Facebook emulate America – which to me represents a marketplace of goods, services, ideas, and insults. I have had to remove/block people based only on reasons such as spam, potential libel trolling – and the occasional relative who can’t control racial epithets.

Terrorism and intimidation, with the ultimate goal of imposing religion on others is anti-American and is not meant for the 21st century. And now we have people trying to skirt the line to say victims of religious violence bring it on themselves – first from Islam’s Fred Phelps – http://www.usatoday.com/…/islam-allah-muslims…/21417461/

and now even from Bill Donahue: http://www.catholicleague.org/muslims-right-angry/ – The one-man operation of the Catholic League. I wonder how the Pope feels about this guy’s statement. He is starting to fulfill the satirical prophecy of the South park episode from 2006:

http://www.amazon.com/Fantastic-Easter-Special/dp/B000PUGF18

http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/Fantastic_Easter_Special

http://southpark.wikia.com/wiki/Fantastic_Easter_Special

Well – He gets his due in this interview which is like a trainwreck: http://crooksandliars.com/2015/01/catholic-leagues-bill-donahue-gets-his

I simply finally defer to the words of one man who can truly relate to the hate of radical religion: Salmon Rushdie: http://www.englishpen.org/campaigns/salman-rushdie-condemns-attack-on-charlie-hebdo/

“Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.”

Awesome words!

Meaningless Infotainment


Look – I am happy your team won its little sporting match on the news/infotainment/reality networks. I get it. I love media and entertainment as much as the next guy. I just find real sports so much more exciting and Shark Tank is much more relevant and enriching Reality TV. I just don’t understand why people get so passionate about politics these days. The election winners last night have as much an influence on your life as the winner of American Idol or Survivor.

So the Republicans won the midterms (like 2010) and it was viewed as a total repudiation of the Obama administration (like 2010.) The narrative is the Democrats are clearly doomed in the next election. It’s a good thing Obama isn’t running again – it could be an embarrassing defeat. I mean it could be 2012 all over again and . . . oh wait – see – media loves the fact you have short memories. This is why most people have checked out of this – especially on the midterms. Elections are reality TV making up for lost Ad revenue. Hell, even watch the Weather Channel instead. More interesting, better story lines, and it is more likely to affect you directly.

On a more serious note – Tip O’Neil was spot on when he said “All politics are local.” My interpretation of that is while you are sitting at home munching popcorn and rooting for one of the same two teams in order to have bragging rights, there are people making decisions that will significantly affect you – behind closed doors or in sparsely-attended meetings. Where? Right in your town or city. Your HOA. Your City Council. Your County Commissioners. Your Zoning Committees. This affects your daily life. Ever looked at your telephone bill lately to see the local taxes you are paying? How are the roads in your neighborhood? Did that bond bill you happened to flip a coin to decide actually provide funds to build schools in your area or simply create a slush fund that could appropriated to buy IPads.

The reason Obamacare is such a lightening rod is probably because it has been the one government issue in recent years that actually affected many people. It affected me indirectly. My Cadillac Health Plan got switched over to a high-deductible HSA. Did Obama steal my health insurance. No – My health care plan changed because my employer changed it. Is that an indirect result of the ACA? Likely – but Obama did not take away my health insurance. If anything Congress did. Was it a good decision for my company. Likely given the stock price (By the way, my stock gains have more than made up the shortfalls.)

The President should only have to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The President is not responsible for my happiness, well-being, or success. Following two-year election cycles on a daily basis is a colossal waste of time. I know you all like watching MSNBC and Fox News and feel that you are part of the conversation. You aren’t. At least *they* are getting paid to do it. You? Well, I sure hope it makes you happy because it sure as hell ain’t productive and it sure as hell not making you any money.

Even the wars waged by George W Bush were secondary actions resulting from a massive terrorist attack. When we discuss the dichotomy of life before and after the events of September 11th, we don’t refer to George Bush. We don’t say “Before George Bush, we could get through airports a lot easier.” We say “Before 9/11 we could get through airports a lot easier.”

Oh . . . and to the 40th person for whom I have had to endure rantings about how you lost your job because of Obama – Reality check – we are all surprised it took you this long to get fired. You lost your job because you either suck at your job, did a job that is no longer worthy of the pay you receive, or you simply got caught up in an algorithm. The worse thing you can do is to continue to delude yourself into thinking that your employment is truly tied to the events of last night.