I “like” several local news/info pages on Facebook — East County Today, Antioch/Brentwood/Oakley News, Take Back Antioch — and the bottom-feeding level of discourse that transpires on these sites never ceases to amaze me.
It’s always the same mantra (or variations on the same theme):
- “Section 8 blah blah blah…”
- “If only they’d allow concealed carry yada yada yada…”
- “Richmond and Oakland ghetto thugs and so on and so forth…”
- “Liberal politicians soft on crime wah wah wah…”
It shouldn’t surprise me. At all. I grew up in the ass-backwards city of Antioch, so I know more than I’d ever want to about the kind of ignorant, reactionary, hillbilly yahoos that populate the area. But you’d think that, as the region has grown exponentially in number of residents, and as the complexion of the population has become more diverse, a little sophistication, a little enlightenment might have crept in somewhere. Somehow?
On the face of it, East Contra Costa County has a lot going for it: awesome, seemingly endless rolls of breathtaking foothills; lovely oak and chaparral woodlands; a magnificent waterway (the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta) and associated wetlands; six regional parks (Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Contra Loma Regional Park, Bay Point Regional Shoreline, Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline, Big Break Regional Shoreline, and Browns Island); and three State of California parks (Brannan Island State Recreation Area, Franks Tract State Recreation Area, and Cowell Ranch/John Marsh Property State Historic Park). Plus glorious weather for most of the year.
The only missing elements are class, culture, and sophistication. And tolerance. Rather than a celebration of diversity, we have god, guns, and an intense fear of “socialism” and folks with brown skin. And this only seems to have grown worse over time. Is Fox News and right-wing radio to blame? Have these irresponsible media outlets fried every last bit of intellect out here? Regardless of the cause, it is a bit of a tragedy, considering there weren’t all that many brain cells around here to begin with.
California has a reputation for being “liberal”…. and, well, it is fairly progressive in the more densely populated urban areas. But most of the state — including the fair city of Antioch — cannot accurately be termed liberal. Truth is, the Golden State is largely inhabited by moronic bumpkins who chug down the Fox/Limbaugh reactionary propaganda like it’s Mountain Dew on a hot day.
No intelligence necessary.
No critical thinking required.
I Didn’t Love My Wife When We Got Married
Interesting article. I could barely get past the crazy fact that they were engaged in two months and married in three. But in any case, although I basically agree with the author of this piece, I have a slightly different take on love and marriage.
Yes, love is about giving to the other person… but more than that, romantic love (true love, not the infatuation of the first year for the very young) isn’t so much an emotion as it is a DECISION. Love is a decision you make every day to put your relationship (in effect, a distinct entity) before your personal ego. It’s a choice you make to weather the bad times — even when you’re mad (because you’re right and he’s wrong, or some other stupid thing that doesn’t remotely matter)… or you’re not “getting your needs met”… or it’s no longer fun… or you simply one day don’t “feel it.”
Be a grownup and get over yourself.
As a matter of fact, I think the whole “loss of passion” concept is childish, a way to justify laziness, basically a lame excuse. Passion does not, and cannot, exist in a vacuum. It has to be nurtured. Even when you don’t feel it, if you’ve made that commitment, you work your ass off to bring it back. There’s nothing magical about love. It’s hard work.
True love means striving to give not 50/50, not 60/40, but 100/100 percent. When the going gets rough, when “life” gets in the way, when illness or a family crisis or personal disappointments or money problems or any number of other challenges come up, you or your partner might end up temporarily giving less and/or taking more… but overall you both aim for 100 percent so that you’re always covered.
When both people in the relationship make that 100/100 investment, the return is huge. And it is hugely satisfying.
Earlier today, my mom asked me if I’d seen the movie “42” yet.
I said, “Mom, you should never ask me if I’ve seen a particular movie YET; just ask me if I’ve seen it.”
Because — and this applies to ALL movies — chances are I haven’t seen it, and won’t ever.
Besides the unpleasantness of the modern-day movie theater experience (noise, filth, rudeness, discomfort, outrageous cost), I simply prefer episodic television to cinematic feature films. I’m all about character over plot, and a well-written/acted/directed TV series allows for a gradual knowing of the characters and the opportunity to see them evolve. It’s exceedingly rare to find anything approaching that in a two-hour movie.
For the record, it pisses me off when a state-run lottery is referred to as a tax. So-called progressives assert this all the time:
“Lotteries are a regressive tax against the poor!”
Utter horseshit. Since when are taxes VOLUNTARY?
The smug condescending attitude toward those who choose to play the lottery is equally as annoying:
“You have a higher chance of being struck by lightning than of winning the lottery!”
So what? Some people ARE hit by lightning. And some people DO win the lottery.
It could be anyone.
It could be you.
There’s nothing deluded about thinking that, if you play the lottery, you might win a large jackpot. Most likely, you won’t. On the other hand, you just might.
Win a Lottery Jackpot? Not Much Chance of That – NYTimes.com.
Arts-and-crafts style elements add warmth and visual interest to a home…. but you don’t want to overdo it. Furnishing a craftsman bungalow with craftsman furniture + craftsman lighting/decor is akin to deep-frying pork steaks stuff with sausage, slathering them with gravy, and then topping that with cheddar cheese sauce and bacon. Although such a gastronomical atrocity might appeal to some people… so never mind.
When Fear Mongering Wins the Anti-Vaccine Story It’s now been proven that vaccinations have NOTHING to do with autism. The alleged causal nexus was based on a fraud, originated by a deceptive physician (who has since been stripped of his license to practice medicine) and perpetuated by a self-serving former Playboy model. It then rose…
In aggregate,1 my political/social views lean to the left. However, I find the listener-supported “progressive” Pacifica radio network to be, for the most part, unlistenable.
KPFA, the Pacifica station in the San Francisco Bay Area, does air one excellent program each Sunday—i.e., Mary Tilson’s America’s Back Forty (classic, outlaw, and old-time country music).
The remainder, however, is a cringeworthy mélange of: (1) hysterical propaganda (essentially serving as the Fox News of the left); (2) pumped-up righteous indignation (any excuse will do); (3) pseudo science; and (4) tiresome haranguing with a focus on minutia of the dullest order.
In addition, even after 65+ years in operation, KPFA’s production is amateurish. Most of the news readers sound like high school students reciting copy for the first time, and even the seasoned anchors possess unpleasant-sounding voices and many cannot enunciate.
Top that off with a 24/7 dark and humorless presentation, and you have a recipe for wrist slashing or bridge jumping. Seriously, if I worked at a Pacifica station, or even if I listened on a regular basis, I quite possibly might have offed myself by now.
I have to admit that, every once in awhile, I do tune in to KPFA. For a laugh. But mostly I don’t bother.
1 I take each issue on its own merit and some of my viewpoints, shockingly, are quite conservative.
Here’s the thing about me: I am not in the least bit shy about asking for advice, assistance, or helpful suggestions if I feel I need it/them. So if I DON’T ask, please assume that I do not want and would not welcome any of the above.
I rant for a living. Okay, maybe not literally for financial reward (heh, I WISH someone would pay me for engaging in such a satisfying activity)… but I rant because I can. Because it’s fun. Because it’s therapeutic. Sometimes my ranting behavior is simply “loud” opining. Other times, my rants are out and out bitch sessions. On (hopefully rare) occasions, they are pity parties. But unless they contain express requests for help, I am not asking.
If you get nothing else about me, please get this, and keep your helpful suggestions and advice to yourself. Thank you. 🙂
“…government of the PEOPLE, by the PEOPLE, for the PEOPLE, shall not perish from the earth.”
Abraham Lincoln would be horrified to know that 150 years hence, corporations would in a legal sense be considered “people,” and that the United States government would be representing only its wealthiest citizens. So many men and women have sacrificed their lives, limbs, and mental health for our freedom. Let’s not allow that to have been for nothing. On this Memorial Day, please think about the importance of overturning ‘Citizens United’ and enacting campaign finance reform, and try to do one little thing to make that happen. Removing money from politics is the only way to ensure a government that is truly of/by/for US, the people.
When I edit environmental/technical reports, I get SO BUGGED by content such as:
“Five (5) copies of the report will be submitted to the responsible agency.”
Are there actually people who need clarification that five = 5??