Alabama football….

I have spent the fast few days licking my wounds from the spanking that Clemson gave my favorite football team. Everyone knew that it was going to be a grueling battle from the first snap to the final whistle. It was nothing of the sort. Mistakes and the inability to get off of the field on third down killed my team. However, credit must be given to the Clemson Tigers. They came with a game plan and a burning desire to win. In most every aspect of life, these two things will help us be successful. It was no different for Clemson.

To all of my friends who have taken immense pleasure in seeing my team fail, I still love you. Yet, it goes without saying that everyone of your teams failed to beat us this year. Don’t fret…..your next chance to beat us will be here before you know it. You guys have a great evening. Be safe, and I will chat with you all soon.

Freeman out.

Memphis VA musings.

I am waiting outside the dermatology office with my dad this morning. We left Mississippi at 0430, and made it here shortly before 0630.

I am not a fan of the VA. The scars of soldiers are on full display. The haunted eyes look through you. Eyes that you know have seen to much. The base nature of humanity has been witnessed by these men and women.

Our name has been called and we have moved back to the waiting room. The news is reporting a string of armed robberies. Crime is going to occur regardless of the neighborhood. It just seems more rampant in urban areas.

Now we have switched to the shutdown of the government. Well, I feel for the federal employees who are not being paid. If you toil and labor, you should be paid for your work. However, government shutdowns are nothing new. Every time comprise is unreachable they shutdown “non-essential ” departments. Question: why do we have non-essential departments to begin with?

People are stirring and it seems we may be seen soon. Here is to hoping you guys have a wonderful day. Take care of yourselves and I will chat with you soon.

Freeman out.

Random musings….about socialism and other happenings.

I am in the library in Tishomingo, Mississippi attempting to write my blog. However, my thoughts are scattered today. My computer has died again. I have restored it to factory settings and while it will boot up, it will freeze shortly after that. I am now running the repair program, hoping against hope that it will correct whatever the underlying issue may be.

I have been boning up on my reading as of late. I have received a number of Dean Koontz novels that have captured my attention. Yet, it has not held my attention. I am still in the first chapter of an Odd Thomas adventure.

Recently, I have written quite a bit about Ms. Ocasio-Cortez. To be honest she frightens me. It is not because she is a socialist. Nor is it because she is a firebrand. Her ignorance is what scares me. She acts like the funds generated by the effort of others is her own personal slush fund. I will redistribute the money, because it makes me feel good! Her pipe dream of Medicare-for-all will be taxpayer funded. She dreams of raising taxes to 80% on the wealthy. What happens when the wealthy runs out of money? How will she fund her other agendas then?

I read numerous articles yesterday how young people identify as socialist. Capitalism is the devil! What makes socialism such a good program in their eyes? I am sure it has nothing to do with the variety of happenings that are promised via this empty-headed ideology. Free school, exuberant pay raises, free healthcare, and more free stuff! It seems to me that while they are enjoying their “free” stuff, that someone, somewhere will be breaking their back to pay for it. This generation of slothful, brain-dead idiots are willing to sacrifice everything for the promise of a wonderful life built upon the efforts of someone else. They are too young to remember people standing in line for toilet paper in the USSR. Or the times that people were thrown into gulags.

To be honest, this topic irritates me to no end, so I am going to switch gears. The wind is whipping out here where I live. If it was not so high today, I would definitely go fishing. Nothing beats a good day at the lake. No worries, stress or idiots to push your buttons. There is just you, your dog and the fish. Well, maybe I will be able to go soon.

This is where I am going to end it today. You guys have a wonderful day. It is my wish that you guys have a great day. Take care and I will chat with you soon.

Freeman out.

The pointless nature of politics…..the useless, incoherent yammering of idiots.

This morning, I read an article concerning a Twitter battle between Rep. Steve Scalise and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Back and forth, these two representatives belted out their opinions on raising taxes to 80% on the wealthy.

Scalise was against raising taxes, whereas AOC was all for it. It got me thinking about the pointless nature of political debate. It is more along the lines of political theater. Actually, it reminds me of the Muppets’. These caricatures spout useless talking points and both claim they serve the greater good. No, they serve only themselves and their corporate masters. The Republicans are monsters who feed upon the corpses of undocumented immigrant children! The shrill cries fill the air. The Democrats are destroying the Constitution! They seek to annihilate your rights as private citizens! And they both want your vote to keep power.

It would not be so bad if their facade wasn’t so transparent. Sides are taken, lines are drawn, and the incoherent yammering begins. There is an old saying, it goes like this: What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Which means that everyone is equal. Unfortunately, that does not apply in the realm of politics. They create laws to govern the drones and then exempt themselves from said law. How many of us have ever had a job where we vote to give ourselves a raise? I have never had that privilege. Somehow, they manage to agree on the percentage of the pay raise that they give themselves. Perhaps, it is time for the private citizens are asked what they think of their representatives and how they perform their duties.

Incoherent yammering is part of the game. They talk in circles while never providing a straight answer on any issue. Why do we pay these idiots? Raising taxes to 80% is insane. What happens when the rich run out of money? Has no one in Washington ever read an Economics textbook? This current generation who were not alive during the Cold War and the gulags of the USSR think that money grows on trees. These good-looking, empty-headed thieves are now gaining power. How long before America is just another third world dump?

Well, I am going to call it a day. You guys take care, I will catch up with you all soon.

Freeman out.

Far-fetched musings

I am sitting here in my living room making an attempt at being informed about current world issues. Given my curious nature, it makes sense that I would turn to online news sources since the internet is how I access my blog. Accessing the news has turned out to be a major mistake this morning. Fox News is reporting on Rep. Scalise and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter debate concerning taxes. Unfortunately, some of AOC’s more radical followers were calling for another assassination attempt of the representative. That is classless behavior, regardless of which party you may belong to.

NBC is reporting that 22 immigrants have died while in ICE custody over the past two years. It sort of grabs you by the throat when you consider that they died in custody. However, I have a follow-up question. Why would you put yourself in the position to be detained in the first place? According to the article, over 180 people have died since 2003. So, we are reporting this now because…..

It seems to me, that if anything can be used to make the current president look like a monster, then it is to be used. Regardless of the truth of the matter or not. There have been three presidents since 2003. Bush, Obama and now Trump. So, it is an on-going problem, but we want to lay it all at Trump’s doorstep. Obama blamed the lack of economical growth and everything else on Bush’s doorstep. I have no problem with saying that George W. made several bad decisions, and the auto/housing market crashed under his tenure. We must find a way to move on past the pettiness of today’s politics. It is unfortunate that people have died in the custody of ICE. However, I am sure that the majority of these deaths’ were probably exacerbated by health problems and their journey to our borders. If our policy is to detain people, then the least we should do is conduct a thorough health screening of these people. Therefore, that should cut down on the number of deaths.

It was not my intention to write a political post this morning. It is Sunday, which means this guy’s going to church. However, it is what it is. I hope that you guys have a wonderful Sunday. Take care of yourselves and I will chat with you soon.

Freeman out.

Beautifully broken, and the struggle to piece it all together.

Life has a way of crushing us into tiny, vulnerable pieces. Rising debt, unhappy career choices, and failing marriages are some of the ways that life applies pressure. If it looks like you are going to be able to handle the pressure that life has applied to you, it throws a couple more things on your already maxed load. It repeats this process until we snap under the weight. 

When we snap, our pieces scatter into the four winds. Broken, we struggle to find the pieces of our life that were discharged in every direction. Once we have located all the pieces we are left with a pile of crap that is useless. Sitting in the ashes of what was once a beautiful life, it now appears to be hopeless. We try over and over to put our life back together using the puzzle pieces, however, we have no adhesive to hold it together. Inwardly we scream every time that our life falls apart. Why won’t you stay together?

Little do we realize that our brokenness is an opportunity to start anew. There is beauty in being broken. Pain comes from being broken, however, the pain is only temporary. Rising from the ashes like a phoenix, we are born again to try once more. Life is not a marathon to be conquered, it is not a slow trudge to be feared either. In our brokenness we learn to live again. Life is a series of steps, some may be large others may be small. All of them lead us to the next mountain top after we conquer our valleys.

The Bible informs us that we have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. Faith is the glue that keeps the pieces stable. Trials and tribulations may slam into us, but faith keeps us in sync. It is with faith that we overcome the obstacles and traps that seek to hinder us from living our lives to our fullest potential. The struggle is real, but we have a choice. We can sit in the ashes and moan about our brokenness. Or we can realize that our brokenness is the gateway to our new beginning.

That is going to do it for this morning. You guys have a wonderful day. Take care.

Freeman out.