took my grandmother to the bank to tend to some business. After waiting
maybe 1/2 hour to see a banker we're told they can't do anything for
us. On the way out she says she needs to use the restroom. The bank
doesn't have one of course. So we walk to the the nearby Wal-Mart. Men's
room is closed for cleaning (she's in a wheelchair and can't go in by
herself). So we go nearby to the McDonald's. The stall in the men's room
is locked. So we're waiting outside watching people come and go, but
nobody comes out of the stall. After a while a young man, maybe about
10, comes out and motions to the ladies' room door. "Do you need someone
to open that?" I explained that, no, I was waiting for the guy to come
out of the stall. The young gentleman went back into the men's room,
then came out and said "there's nobody in there" and held the door for
us. I tried the door again and it was
still locked. He said, "yeah, it's locked, but there's nobody in there. I
checked." Bless his heart, the boy gets down on the floor of the
McDonald's bathroom and crawls under the door to unlock it for us. As we were on our way out he was there emptying his tray with an older man (dad,
brother, doesn't matter) and I said, "you're my hero, thanks again." He
smiled and held the door for us to get out of the restaurant.
Somebody's raising their kid right. So thank you, young man, for putting
a little shine on what was shaping up to be a crappy day, and thank you
this kid's parents for understanding the importance of raising children
with the ability and class to restore decency to our sad, selfish
society. My hat is off to you.
If you think football players should be forced to stand during the anthem, you're not wrong. It's your opinion, it can't be wrong. It would, however, be a mistake to assume that these protests mean the protesters don't love this country. They love it enough to want to help fix it. If you think it doesn't need fixing and that showing respect for the anthem is more important than police showing respect for human life, then you can be considered part of the problem. Whenever I see these down-and-dirty argument threads on standing for the anthem, I see that the ones saying the flag needs to be respected at all costs are also the ones who have the little flag emojis in their screen names. Is that a prescribed, acceptable use of the flag's image? Little digitized versions used to set yourself apart from your countrymen, because you're a "true patriot"? I feel that the flag represents the country, which includes its people, and that means a lot of things.…
Now that we are once again visiting the topic of gun control, sadly via the only way it seems to be acknowledged, I confess to much ignorance and indecision on the subject.
On the one hand I clearly recognize the FACT that assault-type weapons (fully-automatic, semi-auto with extended magazines, etc.) have no place in the hands of the average citizen. The Second Amendment clearly states that a "well-regulated militia" is necessary to protect the freedoms of the people, and I would hardly call every redneck with a pickup truck "well-regulated." These types of weapons are virtually NEVER used to great effect in instances of gun violence, where a citizen with an assault weapon stopped a criminal shooter (see this). The argument that more guns prevents gun violence is just completely absurd (see this). The argument that "criminals will get guns anyway" doesn't defend against people who are NOT criminals, but who are driven to such violence through thing…
These posts are purely opinion; they represent thoughts that I had in a moment, maybe for a period. I will be held accountable for the things I've said here but I will not be held to any of these opinions. My opinions evolve as I learn and grow and I would hope that my opinions continue to change. I don't trust people who are convinced they have all the answers and refuse to be swayed, convinced, or to learn anything new.
However I felt when I wrote each of these was how I felt then. I may or may not still feel that way now but I reserve the right to change my opinion. I will answer for anything I've said here. My answer may be "I'm sorry, I get it now, I was wrong" but my response may well be "but what about...?"
Sometimes I write things that I do not mean. Sometimes I use sarcasm. That's like when I say something so absurdly not possible as though it was a good idea and what we should all want. It's a form of humor. Again, my opinion.