I am my own worst enemy. Aren’t we all. I’m an addict, I freely admit it. That’s the first step they say. Who ever “they” are.
You say to yourself, well I’m just going to do it this once. I just want to see what it’s all about. That’s how it starts, before you know it you’ve watched 4 seasons of Sister Wives in 4 days. It’s the psychology of the thing that hooks you and draws you in. Irresistable, like a traffic accident. I can get past the polygamy, I mean to each their own, whatever floats your boat dude. It works for them. It’s the Book of Mormon that I can’t get past. I mean they seem like logical people, completely sane. I just don’t get it.
Anyway, curse you Netflix!!! It’s a love hate thing. First rule, don’t watch a series if you don’t have a serious amount of time to devote to it in the next few days. It will suck away , well all the time you have, and then some. If I need a fix, I try to stick with a documentary. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can easily detach yourself from that either. Damn you too Wikipedia! Between Netflix and Wikipedia I learned 1500 years of British Monarchy from inception to present in just a few days. To sum it up quickly, for the most part, if they didn’t like who was in charge they killed each other until someone new took over as long as that person was a blood relative of the last person in charge. Distant relatives were okay, even if they were from other countries. That of course could get tensions up at time,s but as long as everyone stayed Catholic it was cool until Henry met Anne and blah blah blah, C of E. But of course all the Kings and Queens were of course manipulated by anyone and everyone around them who could bend a royal ear. Just like our Presidents here in America only with more murder and inbreeding. Anyway check that shit out, it’s way more interesting than real housewives or people from New Jersey. Or Mormons.
For instance, I learned that James I of England, successor to Elizabeth I the Virgin Queen, is the very same King James of the King James Bible. Only the most popular Bible ever. King James financed the mass printing of the Bible in English. For the first time, anyone who could read would know what it said and understand what they were praying for. The people became literate just to read it. That is how he changed the face of the world and why we still remember his name 500 plus years later. I also learned that he was openly bi-sexual, the Duke of Buckingham being his “male favorite” and he ruled for almost 58 years, longer than any of his predecessors. Yeah you did read that right. 58 years is a long time to be King.
I also saw a documentary about the finding the skeletal remains of Richard III under a parking lot, specifically under a parking spot marked “R”. You can’t make this stuff up people. Well you can, but in this case that is what actually happened. Trippy.
Unrelated to the British Monarchy I learned that there was a “Pope Joan”. Yep, Joan disguised herself as a monk and rose through the ranks up to Pope. If I remember correctly she reigned as Pope for about 3 years until, during a routine papal parade, she fell from her horse and gave birth to a child in the street revealing to the parade goers that she was in fact a woman. Then they beat her and the child to death in the street. “They” being the “Christians”.
Religious people are silly.
These past few days I’ve been learning about the pyramids, and the sphinx. Did you know that across the street from the Great Pyramids of Giza is a Kentucky Fried Chicken? It’s one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard. I wish I could unlearn it.
You can learn a lot from documentaries. I recently learned President Herbert Hoover called the Bush Family out on being bankers for the Nazi’s in his personal correspondence with W’s grandfather. Yeah, that Bush family.
You can learn a lot by looking around and observing. Today I learned that the USA PATRIOT act was signed into law October 26, 2001. That is only 1,2,..17…45 days. Forty Five, days after 9/11. The government never does anything that fast. 45 days is, I’m going to say is suspiciously fast, you know when you’re talking about our government. I mean, let’s be honest.
Politics. What can you do?
You can vote. Well, if you’re in a country that allows voting. I think I figured out why people gave up on voting in the States. The main reason is the Electoral College. Your presidential vote means nothing. The Electoral College elects the president and those votes are bought and paid for with money or favors or whatnot.
But Madam, doesn’t the Electoral College represent this level of government which represents that level of government which represents that level and so on and so forth until it gets down to me and my vote?
Why yes, I mean I guess. I really don’t remember much from grade school but that seems to be the jist of how the whole thing works. So where did we go wrong? We stopped voting at the local level. I know that I myself am more detached from the outside world more than most but I think I’m still a pretty average citizen when it comes to politics. Just shut up and handle it already will you so the rest of us don’t have to think about it. I’ve decided that approach doesn’t work anymore. There was a local election today. I have no idea how many things were voted on. I know there is a proposition that somebody wanted me to vote no on enough to put up some signs about it along my drive home from work. Someone whose name I can’t remember wanted to be Mayor of something. And I believe I saw some signs about school boards.
Even though I’ve been a taxpayer for decades, I never have paid attention to politics. Mostly because my family is polarized with my sisters at one end of the spectrum and my father at the other. He gave my sons a book by Rush Limbaugh for this past Christmas. Did you know Rush Limbaugh wrote children’s books? Yeah, yeah he does.
I want to start my own party called the Reasonable party or we could call it the Common Sense party you know, whatever. Remember “less is more”. It applies to almost all situations. I learned that from Lara Flynn Boyle in Poltergeist III as she was putting on her eyeliner right before she was possessed by the Poltergeist. I can’t be quite sure since I haven’t seen the film for a few decades, but it left an impression.
So I’ve been procrastinating writing for many months now. I’m sorry, I missed you too. It wasn’t you, it was me.
What started out as research into how the Fundamentalist Christians are slowly but surely taking over the government by making sure they vote at every possible election starting with school boards and the like, turned somehow into an obsession for growing vegetables from seed to urban farming to Sherlock, Poirot, and Miss Marple and all things criminal in nature. I wrote a letter to a murder on death row but I didn’t send it because I haven’t rented a PO Box for a return address yet. I thought I might write a book about his story. Vampires told him to do it or he thinks he’s a vampire, something like that.
Serial killers. It’s the psychology of the thing that hooks you, and like a wreck on the side of the road you get mesmerized. Still working on the gardening, still not writing. Just one more documentary because you know if you’re learning something you can justify it. 8 months later and you know way more than you ever wanted to know about the Brown family and their 17 children. I could probably rattle off almost all of the kids names too, it’s a disease. You just can’t stop watching. I’m considering taking bets as to when this generation of reality child stars become the next Lohan/Cyrus/Bieber insert sob story here.
PAUSE! Have you noticed that Cyrus and Bieber look remarkably alike. Like spooky alike. Have they ever been seen together in the same time at the same place? And what happen to that Bieber deportation plan, because I would actually leave my house to vote for that. Can we deport Cyrus too? When did white trash become what we paid money to see? America you are making the white trash rich. Boo! And they are evading their taxes with loopholes just like the rest of the rich. I only throw that in because I’ve also been procrastinating doing my taxes. Why just by writing this post I’ve successfully put off my taxes another night.
Have you ever seen a US Federal Tax Refund Check for over $750,000.00? I have. It wasn’t mine, but I held it in my hand for a while, as I silently cursed it’s payee with very very unladylike language. That was their refund. I can only imagine how much they actually paid or didn’t pay by way of loophole. Do you know how many years you would have to work to make $750,000.00? It would take me over 21 years, pretax. Yeah, I hate tax season.
So to sum up:
Religion is a facade which helps humans overcome their fear of death.
Politics is all about power and ownership and slavery until we change it by voting good people who have actual common sense into the school board, which rolls up good karma until it reaches the top of the food chain; ie the presidency or insert your top government office here.
Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus may in fact be the same person.
“Less is more” applies to almost every situation.
And finally, income tax is unconstitutional given that the law to enforce paying it was never actually ratified. The government never actually made it a law. Technically. True Story.