Adventure in Absurdity # 2…

 …The Malaysian Flight 370

I figure, since everyone and their dog has put their words in about it all, I may as well – and now that the smoke is beginning to clear (to the disdain of the American media) – get it over with now.

I do not consider myself a conspiracy theorist. I subscribe to only a few of the so-called “conspiracy theories” and have good reason for doing so, and I don’t base them off any slight pretense. The Malaysian flight 370 is a fertile ground for conspiracy theories, and we have heard some pretty crazy ones.

And I won’t put forth another one, there’s too many as it is. That effectively rules out my going to the moon theory. Allow me, though, to point out one thing:

Isn’t it funny how all this is happening during Putin’s wrongdoings in Ukraine? Isn’t it funny to look and see the American media (who have an attention span shorter than a four year old when it comes to important matters) freak out about a plane 24/7 for two weeks straight; meanwhile Putin is displaying very objectionable aggression in Ukraine; and our president, too weak and unwilling to even do anything meaningful?

Was Putin responsible for the entire thing to distract the American media, people, and government? I don’t know if he would go all that far, but you may as well add it to our ever-expanding list of conspiracy theories.

Certainly Putin thinks that American public opinion still matters – considering he had major military movements happen during the distraction of the Olympics and the Oscar awards. Is he right that American public opinion matters to our own regime? No, but us being distracted from events over there can’t hurt. Russian troop movements aren’t as fun to talk about as a missing plane, and I suppose that sums up my entire point.

Thoughts appreciated.


An Adventure in Absurdity, #1

( Certainly not groundbreaking national politics – but a local matter, which I would very much like to comment on. And indeed, this is a very impromptu post, pushed ahead of the others scheduled due to its importance – )

A few thousand or more sleepy teenagers breathed a collective sigh of relief when it was announced over the loudspeakers that they would not have to cut into summer to make up the snow days. Instead, an additional ten minutes will be added to each school day to make up for the couple snow days.

Normally this would not be a problem, but my first thought was, Where will it stop?! Will kids in a few years have to spend every hour of daylight in the peculiar-smelling public schools?

And I think there is a reason for it – and it’s not just because of snow days.

I fully believe that they who are in charge want to exert as much control as possible over the kids. Perhaps I sound like a conspiracy theorist – but one cannot deny the growing influence of the public school in the student’s life, and I think it’s no accident.

My solution? Well, I could propose any number of solutions to the snow day problem, but considering the public school has a zero-tolerance policy on common sense, I doubt my ideas will get very far. But I will still voice my favorite.

Just leaving it be. I don’t suppose that two days or how many it actually is that important. What would we have done in those days? If a couple of days are lopped off from the school year, will the students be deprived of their education? Of course not, so just ignore the problem here, which isn’t actually a problem.

And how much do you want to wager, friends, that next school year they will conveniently forget to reduce the school day back to its proper length? It’s like a tax – once it starts it never goes away. I know it seems trivial, but we must stand for something or we will be walked all over.

As always, comments appreciated.

Thoughts on the draft…

A few days ago I was called Un-American because I do not support the draft and will avoid signing up for it as far as possible. Now I don’t actually care about the comment; it’s just a product of the baseless nationalism that we have to deal with. And considering the comment came from a very close friend, I don’t actually care at all. But it did lead me to put forth a few thoughts upon the subject, in the meantime while I form together entries (on subjects suggested by you, the reader…!) which will take a bit more time to write.

There have been several reasons, cited to me, on why it’s necessary not only for it to exist, but also for me to add my name to the rolls when I come to that point. Most have been just silly (The form even proclaims “IT’S THE LAW” as if that is supposed to convince me that it’s legitimate – we always, as I have expressed very clearly, see that the law is more often illegitimate than legitimate…)

Another reason cited: It’s the American thing to do (what is this even supposed to mean?) and that it is necessary to protect our freedom. And now we find ourselves at a contradiction.

We are supposedly fighting for freedom – yet we force, via the law, every male citizen to have put his name on the draft rolls. A contradiction indeed! If we are indeed based upon volunteerism, we should be able to CHOOSE between putting our names and not putting our names. Do the rights of the collective trump individual rights? We are running into dangerous territory if we say that yes, they do. If you feel it necessary to volunteer your service in time of need, that is honorable, don’t misunderstand me – but there should be no feeling of obligation to do so.

At least be consistent: If you think that governments have the ability to force you to sign up on draft rolls, then you also should say that they have the ability to force you into health insurance. But conservatives support one and are against the other – even the conservatives are not without immense contradictions!

I know that the likelihood of the draft being called into use is unlikely. Still, in our days of rampant uncertainty, we must be careful not to jump to such conclusions. I hesitate very much to do the dirty bidding of governments! After all, when was the last war where American freedom was threatened directly, and not just us sticking our nose into the business of other nations?

As always, your comments on this subject, for or against, are requested and appreciated !