Monthly Archives: September 2017

it’s coming….

Halloween, that is!  Tomorrow is the last day of September, and that means this weekend I pull out all of the Halloween decorations!  I can’t wait!

Halloween is such a fun holiday, but the last few years I’ve let my natural, competitive nature get the better of me, fretting over wanting to win Halloween costume contests.  I decided after last year I’m done.  I’m 66 years old, and I’m tired of fighting myself over it.  I bought a nice Day of the Dead 3/4 sleeved shirt, and that is what I will wear.  Keeps the ‘spirit’ of Halloween alive, but no more stressing over costume contests and no more frustration if someone not as greatly costumed as me somehow wins.  (LOL)

Guess what?  I’m already looking more forward to the holiday than I have for several years.  So my plan is working!

How about you?  How much, if at all, are you ‘into’ Halloween?

A Warning

This post is by someone named Dave Rogan.  It is very…..colorful.  But dayum, if he isn’t right!  It’s sickening, but he is RIGHT.

Yes, this blog is called A Gentle Breeze, and/but there is nothing gentle about this post.  But I named this A Gentle Breeze before Trump was elected.  SO MUCH has changed since then.  SO MUCH.

Here we go…buckle up.

I’m not a famous athlete, or a famous anything, so nobody will give a shit what I think. But so long as this is a free country (though it may not be for much longer), I have to get this off my chest.
The American ideal is everything we should collectively aspire to, and, boy, America sure as shit looks good on paper. In practice, however, America has failed. Completely and absolutely. We have failed so spectacularly that it is simply no longer possible for me to see the ideal through the star spangled bullshit. We are not the fancy 850 horsepower NASCAR ride we pretend to be, we are a rusted jalopy sitting on blocks. We are a loud, ignorant, lumbering dolt that can’t spell, can’t do math, doesn’t know history, doesn’t believe in science, mistakes empathy for weakness and mistakes bullying for strength. We are intolerant, brutally stupid, unmoved by factual reality, unimpressed by compassion, and disinterested in progress of any kind. We have collectively decided that if America is ever to become “great again,” it will be largely owing to the misogynistic, infantile, narcissistic bigot we put in the Oval Office—and there is no better reflection of what America has become than Donald J. Trump. Whether you voted for him or not, that is exactly who we are. Donald Trump is America.
We are not a country that celebrates diversity—we recoil from it. The “browning” of America, and the election of a black president, caused this country to literally lose its fucking mind. Barack Obama wasn’t just a political adversary for most, he was a Kenyan-born socialist, card-carrying Muslim Brotherhood member who wanted to “tear down America” somehow by giving financially disadvantaged citizens a shot at having decent healthcare (employing the identical program Mitt Romney signed into law in Massachusetts as governor). But why let nuanced reality get in the way of what this country clearly saw as a problem as obvious as black and white?
In this country, we have turned empathy, compassion, education, real knowledge and the desire to elevate our collective society into concepts of derision in favor of infantile macho posturing. We do not value delivering life-saving proton therapy to an impoverished child afflicted with neuroblastoma—we’d rather wear our camo and AK-47 to Wendy’s in case we have to fuck up some ISIS fighter who’s there waiting on his Baconator Deluxe.
We vilify education and educators, mostly because the acquisition of actual knowledge is a danger to the power center of this country, which now essentially functions as little more than a wholly owned subsidiary of the fossil fuel, pharma and weapons lobbies. We aspire to our ignorance and wear it like a badge of honor, deriding anyone who might actually know more than us as an “elite.” We despise education, knowledge and diversity of thought so much in this country that we’ve actually decided that cities, of all things, are not the “real” America, as if the New York Philharmonic is just a communist plot to “gay up” our children who would otherwise be more naturally drawn to a Monster Truck Jamboree. Cities are where people go to educate themselves and live in a diverse pluralistic community, so cities suck now. All 320 million of us now live as indentured servants in the rural “real” American bubble feedback loop because cities are full of people who think education might make them better citizens, perish the thought.
We’ve decided, unlike the rest of the world, that climate change is just some libtard plot that Al Gore dreamed up so he and Ed Begley, Jr. could sell solar cells out of the back of a Prius. In doing so, we have ignored our best scientists, climatologists, research foundations and government agencies like NASA in favor of the alternative position posited by beauty contestant and half-term governor Sarah Palin. We’ve embraced this farce so heartedly that now it’s cool to want to rape our environment, pollute our air, destroy our oceans, and turn our National Parks into Charles and David Koch’s ash trays.
We’ve turned the free media, the fourth estate of American democracy, into a punching bag so that we can more easily ingest the faux patriotic propaganda of the morally bereft right wing without so much as a water chaser. Because who needs all that pesky thinking-for-one’s-self when we can just accept Rush Limbaugh’s and Sean Hannity’s and Alex Jones’ daily shitpile of lies as unassailable truth. More Americans believe in Bigfoot than do the Big Bang Theory. But, yeah, it’s Rachel Maddow that we should be worried about.
We have chugalugged the Kool Aid that makes us believe that if we just give rich people more money, everything will be better off, because, frankly, the alternative—giving lazy black people food stamps so they can buy crab legs—is a nonstarter. Sheldon Adelson, Rupert Murdoch and Robert Mercer are the heroes in this new adventure. We are so furiously aggrieved with white resentment in this country that we can’t even acknowledge how completely fucked we are by the oligarch class because—well, because they’re white.
It’s nearly 2018 and we’ve decided that all the progress the LGBT community has made in the last decade was just a nightmare to wake up from, refreshed. Now we’re back to treating gays, lesbians and the transgender community like a point-and-laugh freak show, and we’ve decided that religion is the best shield for our bigotry. “I ain’t baking no wedding cake for those faggots—Jesus never told me I had to be tolerant.” Really? Never?
This country has returned to its shameful roots as a white, male, “Christian” (word heavily in quotes) nation full of indiscriminate anger and impotent rage, but we compensate for it by bullying the rest of the world with threats of military intervention, and by reinstitutionalizing a “second class America” into which we can relegate blacks, Mexicans, immigrants in general, Muslims, atheists, powerful women, gays, and pretty much anyone who isn’t a resentful, aggrieved but unappreciative recipient of monumental white privilege.
The one thing I will agree with regarding the foolish derision of Colin Kaepernick, who, by any sane and sober assessment, is calling attention to a very worthwhile cause (in fact, remind me why we aren’t all in lockstep agreement with him?) is that our military and its personnel deserve our respect and admiration. What I don’t understand is how the fuck protesting the unchecked assassination of unarmed black citizens, which we should ALL see as a problem in this country, is somehow reflective of the military? Donald fucking Trump himself implicitly states that America is not great each time he nauseatingly repeats the phrase “Make America great again,” so why is that not somehow a slap in the face to the troops? Why was Trump’s mocking of an American POW not an insult to the troops? Why was Trump’s maligning of a Gold Star family not an affront to the troops? Why are Trump’s five chickenshit silver spoon deferments during Vietnam because of a fake foot ailment not a reflection of his shoddy opinion of the troops? Why is Trump’s willingness to take healthcare away from 1.8 million veterans not regarded as an attack on our troops?
Stop wracking your brain—it’s because Trump is white. He’s on “the team” that’s fighting “the other.” He doesn’t have to make sense. He doesn’t even have to be fucking sane. He can tell you there are “fine people” marching under swastika flags in our country’s cities and still remain president this week with an approval rating six points higher than it was in August.
That’s America right now. We’re supposed to celebrate that? Pledge allegiance to that? Sorry, but no fucking way. Not me.
I’m disgusted and embarrassed by this country, especially considering who is now running it. If that makes me less of a patriot, I don’t really give a shit. America hasn’t earned my patriotism or even my respect. We have become an awful country full of ignorance and hate, and the rest of the civilized world has zoomed by us pointing and laughing. And although I’m thankfully not in the public eye in the same way as someone like Mr. Kaepernick, who has a thousand times more integrity and principled instinct than the current occupant of the White House, given the opportunity, I’d probably be taking a knee right beside him.

p.s.  this was posted to his public Facebook page.  🙂

Time for something ‘feel good’

Time for me to break from the barrage of political posts, to post something beyond sweet, endearing, and compassionate.  Because let’s face it, we all need MORE of that in our lives!

And if that didn’t get to you (but I’m sure it did), how about one more, this time in the vein of  ‘we take the beauty of life for granted’…

OK.  Good to get back to the GOOD side of human nature, as opposed to focusing on the trash.  🙂

Have a beautiful day!

Divide and Conquer

It’s clear that is Trump’s plan.  CNN actually had a great editorial on that very subject today:

Donald’s every utterance makes it abundantly clear he wants to be a Dictator.  He wants to rule America first, then maybe the world.  But definitely America.  Why is it so hard for Trump to remember that our country has something called the US Constitution and the First Amendment protects protests.  You know, that document that he took an OATH to defend and protect?

Donald isn’t doing his job.

And he is a raging hypocrite, and so is his fan base.  He raged for a long time about Hillary’s personal email being used for government business, but not a peep out of him about his son-in-law (Kushner) doing the very same thing, as was discovered yesterday.  Perhaps Ivanka is, as well.  Not.a.word.

And this is the same Donald Trump who tweeted:

Hey Donald, how about you focus on YOUR job?

Also, silently kneeling during a song is disrespectful, yet suggesting one grabs someone by the pussy isn’t?

He has a very warped sense of priorities (so does his fan base.) He has NO problem demanding regulations be put in place regarding whether non-government employees should stand for the national anthem, but wants to END regulations that protect our environment.  How screwed up is that?  Well, it really isn’t about priorities.  It’s about whipping his fan base into a frenzy.  He doesn’t give a rat’s arss about anything but that and his massive ego getting stroked in the meantime when they idolize his (and their own) idiocy and bigotry.  Fuel the flames of hate, and bask in it.  That’s The Donald.

He talks like an elementary age child.  He’s proven to be incapable of abstract thinking, logical thinking, grown up words (Sad!) or speaking in intelligent, thoughtful ways.  Twitter works for him because by it’s nature it has to be short and simple, and frankly, that’s the way his brain appears to work.  Nothing deep, well thought out, diplomatic.  Donald wouldn’t know diplomatic if it rapped him upside the brain.

It’s all about divide and conquer.  About outbursts to distract from the bigger issues.  We all keep falling into that trap.  In office less than a year, and we all notice that the more cray-cray his comments are, the more likely something major is about to drop on him, and he’s just trying to distract us with his cray-cray.

He is the most despicable president of modern times.

We (those who oppose him) still haven’t figured out the best way to neutralize his hate and division, and that must be our goals.  (besides hoping he doesn’t put us into a nuclear war before 2018/2020.)

Much food for thought.

Four, and counting

In the past 24 hours, I have un-friended four people on Facebook for their posts about #takeaknee supporting Trump.

I have reached critical mass when it comes to stupidity, racism (latent or blatant), and hate-mongering.

I won’t unfriend a child, grandchild, or in-law (those I’ll simply un-follow if need be), but anyone else is fair game.  I’ve put up with their shit for 12 months now.  I’m DONE.

They are welcome to their opinion.  It’s just not going to litter my Facebook anymore.  Nope.  Can’t make me.  It’s time to stand up and be counted.  I choose to stand up against racism and supporting a narcissistic idiot president who is not worthy of the office.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
~ Martin Nienmoller

More eloquent than I

the following is from Dan Rather  (on Facebook) today.  Yes, Dan Rather made a historical, huge professional error in the past.  But since the election, no one has more consistently, more eloquently stated my own feelings than Mr. Rather.   Just because one once made a huge error, doesn’t mean that everything that person utters from that day on is invalid.  (what the Repub’s like to think, re Rather.)  Today, re the “take a knee” controversy that Trump has flamed, Mr. Rather has SO eloquently addressed the issue.  Please read;

It’s football Sunday, and I have a pit in my stomach, and a sickening sense of deja vu. Who knows what the day will bring?
I do know the source of my disquiet. It is the stench of bigotry as a demagogue stirs the potent cauldron of racial division. I want to say, this is so unnecessary. We have so many other things we should be worrying about. But of course now this is real, and it must be called out. This is an age when no one can be neutral. To remain silent in the face of race-baiting is to be complicit. And I have seen the cost of complicity. It is ugly.
On Friday night, and then in a chain of tweets (what else) President Trump targeted African American athletes for provocation and ridicule. He has called into question their Americanness, as he called into question the Americanness of his predecessor President Obama. Perhaps what is saddest about this moral cowardice is that Mr. Trump may derive some political gain from these attacks amongst his supporters, but he fails in the test of leadership. Big time. For a President to be doing this – pouring gasoline on the embers of racial resentment – is really unspeakable. Instead of trying to reduce the potentially explosive emotions about race, he is trying to exacerbate them for his own gain.
I have seen this game plan before. My mind is transported across the decades. I hear the adjective “uppity”, and much worse. I see the mouths of authority curl with disdain and mutter “what do you think you’re doin’, boy?” – the last word spit out in disgust.
I feel time click into rewind, to when African Americans weren’t thought of as being “smart” enough to play quarterback, to when there was a “gentlemen’s agreement” amongst college basketball coaches to the total number of African American players on the court. Backwards still to all-white teams, and all-white leagues. I remember Jackie Robinson, and a time before someone of his skin color dared to think he could earn a living as an athlete in the United States.
I know this history. And so does Donald Trump. He understands how salient the trope of the “angry black man” is. It was said of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other now-revered leaders of the civil rights struggle. It is so ingrained in our history that it can become resonant even in those who say they aren’t bigoted. So Mr. Trump plucks at it. He knows that he can use the American flag as a symbol of division and not unity. So he sows that thought.
I grant that there are many who are offended by players taking a knee during the National Anthem. That is their right, as it is the right of those who protest to have their speech protected. This is how we discuss our differences peacefully in a democracy. But calling out these players as S.O.B.s (but using the actual profane words) who should be fired, that’s a pointed attack on our Constitutional rights. And it is summoning the dark shadows of centuries of racial stereotyping. Let’s just say I have seen plenty of white S.O.B.s in sports who have been given awards rather than pink slips.
President Trump is not trying to win over the majority of the American people. He wants to animate his base and bask in its approval. Will his supporters in Congress continue to stand by in tell-tale silence? Will his donors, including some of the owners of professional sports teams?
We are not a nation of majority bigots. The strident ranks of the intolerant can be overwhelmed by enough people agreeing that this is not who we are, or who we want to be. Mr. Trump’s cheers can be drowned out by a chorus of justice.
And one final thought, we have seen these distractions before. As Mr. Trump dominates the news cycle over race, as he issues bellicose threats to North Korea, one wonders what bombshells may be brewing in the Russia investigation, which seems to be gaining speed and scope.

new lows

Just when you think Trump has hit a new low, he sinks even lower.

Yesterday, at an Alabama rally, Trump said that NFL owners should fire any ‘son of a bitch’ who kneels during the national anthem.

(to see the excerpt of that part of his speech, go here:)

But yet he pardons the likes of a complete bastard, Joe Arpaio.

He calls white supremacists ‘fine people.’

What the HELL is wrong with this man?  How can people not only still support him, but applaud him?

Is nearly half of the country really this awful, too?  It’s just unfathomable.

While I didn’t previously enjoy seeing players kneel during the national anthem, I respected their RIGHT to do so.

Today, I hope every darned player, white OR black or any other color, kneels tomorrow.

Why?  because….

Freedom of speech is being attacked from the TOP.

We are in deep, deep trouble.