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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

It's a Thoreau Down Day Thing

Dear America,


"When I was 5 years old, 
my mother always told me 
that happiness was the key to life.  
When I went to school, 
they asked me what I wanted
 to be when I grew up.  
I wrote down "happy."  
They told me I didn't
 understand the assignment,
 and I told them, 
they didn't understand life."  
John Lennon
#262, from "Nothing is worth more than this day." book

indeed

now, it's not like we can run around being happy all the time, but the general sensation of happiness, satisfaction, contentment...in life... is definitely a fine aspiration, and one to hold close to our hearts and minds.

Granted, this thing called happiness seemed so essential in the early days of our founding, that it was mentioned within our Declaration of Independence..."we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

In proper context -- as it's declared, HAPPINESS, in and of itself, is NOT one of our "unalienable Rights;"  it's the PURSUIT of this thing called happiness, that is distinguished -- and even more than that, a prerequisite of action is in place, to chase this somewhat elusive quality of happiness and its full, individual, embodiment.

And really, what an enigma, right?   One person's idea of happiness can be quite different from another's...

[imagine a long pause between]

oh, pardon me...
I was just in the midst of getting lost on the BrainyQuote website, trying to hunt down the famous Henry David Thoreau quote about happiness...you know the one, "happiness is like a butterfly...yadi yadi yada...if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder."

Turns out, Thoreau may not be its author after all -- not that google portends to make that truth known.  Gotta love the fact checking.

It's a perfect example of how something takes hold, and becomes something real, even when its not even close.   Just plug in "happiness is like a butterfly" and see what happens.

The Quote Investigator website made a thorough search for proof, it would seem, aiming to get to the bottom of it.  Kudos to QI.  

The closest reference to something close to this butterfly/happiness relationship seems to have come in around 1848....and it was in a column defining a few precious things, things like love and wealth and happiness. 

AND wouldn't you know it -- the definition of wealth jumped out at me as if it came with fireworks and a sky of splendor; and I'm quoting now:  WEALTH.—The sum which gives content, whether one dollar or a million.

i just love that.

any thoughts, Thoreau, like really, any of your thoughts on this?

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.

There is no value in life 
except what you choose to place upon it 
and no happiness in any place 
except what you bring to it yourself.

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

mind blown again and again and again.

These are the kinds of things that should be ingrained upon every American, to its fullest extent, in mind and body.  These are the kinds of things, ideas, that can change lives, for real.

Instead, Americans are being fed all kinds of untruths and false promises and wayward appeals in the latest wave of contenders meeting up with the 2020 presidential election.

Whether it is upon the woes of climate change, medicare-for-all, or illegal immigration -- the price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it, whether we are talking one to 300 million.

all I want to do today is sit and listen to HDT hit me with his best stuff.

but alas, that isn't going to happen. 

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
 ...thank you, HDT, and it would seem that I have a busy one going at the moment.

so now, given that I spent way too much time tootling around brainy quotes. I need to make my way into the rest of my day of responsibilities...you know, because.... "not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something." (also Thoreau)

Make it a Good Day, G

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

It's of Things RESOLVED and FURTHER RESOLVED Thing

Dear America,

and so it begins...
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors
 unanimously passed a resolution 
Tuesday 
declaring the National Rifle Association 
a domestic terrorist organization
 and 
urging other municipalities to do the same.


and it's written so well...they didn't leave anything out nor skimp on the stats.

wait
scratch that.

Even though they spent a fair portion of Resolution #190841 outlining the specifics of their grievances with the NRA -- including phrases pulled from our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution -- they conveniently left out the stipulations within the Second Amendment, which clearly states:

"A well regulated militia,  
being necessary to the security of a free state, 
the right of the people to keep and bear arms, 
shall not be infringed."

It's a basic, fundamental right to keep and bear arms in America.

And given that the National Rifle Association is an organization that primarily focuses upon the great responsibility, as free citizens, to act responsibly with regards to keeping and bearing such arms, this resolution is ridiculous and a stunt. 

The membership of the NRA are a force of actively participating hunters, gun owners, and average citizens, who believe that the right to keep and bear arms is a duty and privilege, of which Americans cannot take for granted, nor ignore the opportunity to teach and model appropriate gun use.

Guns are not the problem.
The NRA is not the problem.

The person pulling the trigger is the problem. 

And that is the result of many variables, including but not limited to, mental illness, drug usage/abuse, gang violence, domestic violence, general accidents, and of course, acts of terror by an individual, or group.  All mass shootings are acts of terror.  All shootings are acts of terror...whether it's on the streets of Baltimore, Chicago, or at the Gilroy festival last July.

None of which is the fault of the NRA.

and yet...ready for the big finish:

RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco intends to declare the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships our vendors and contractors have with this domestic terrorist organization; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should encourage all other jurisdictions, including other cities, states, and the federal government, to adopt similar positions.

seriously?

That the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships our vendors and contractors have with this domestic terrorist organization; 

So the blacklist method moves from Hollywood against Trump voters, to San Francisco against NRA members and its associations; wow, who ever would have thought this would happen... in America?

Like, what happened to coexisting?

Why so much hate against the one organization that preaches responsible behavior comes hand in hand with gun ownership?

Like, what, did the Gilroy shooter call up the NRA and seek its blessing before committing such a heinous crime?   Does the NRA promote mass shootings on its website somewhere?  Just how does this board connect the dots and bullets with any sense of logic? 

Based upon their logic, documented in this resolution, just maybe the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is guilty of domestic terrorism -- simply knowing that they have looked the other way to actual acts of violence against its own citizens, at the hands and handgun of UNsupervised illegals.  LIKE the STEINLE case, for example....HERE....  News gaining this kind of response from Ken Cucinelli:
"Kate Steinle was tragically killed because San Francisco proudly proclaims itself a sanctuary city," U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli tweeted Friday night. "How many more innocents will die b4 [before] sanctuary cities stop harboring violent criminals? This defies common sense, public safety, & human decency. #NoJustice."

Clearly, this Board of Supervisor's stunt appears to be more about fulfilling its radical agenda; initiating further action, as controversial as it is, should not surprise any of us.   This day was bound to come.  It's part of the natural progression in the evolution of leftists, in the staging and execution of a modern day coup from the inside, to overturn America's foundations; it's just what happens after San Francisco has already declared itself a sanctuary to illegals, and has become the poster child (Los Angeles being its twin) of a total non-nonsensical, reckless, open door policy to Americas homeless. 
Come one, come all.

I would carry a license to carry -- and carry everyday -- AND be a card-carrying-member of the NRA  -- if I lived in San Francisco right now.  just sayin'

This move by this board is ludicrous.

Dangerous.

And more than anything else, the sad truth is, these efforts will have no positive effect upon the actual issue of gun violence, whether it comes one person at a time, or via a mass shooting. 
----------------------------
RESOLVED, that it is the individual who needs the healing and the help.

FURTHER RESOLVED, it is at the level of family where this all begins.

FURTHER RESOLVED, by the extension of the proper education, we strengthen the making of our fellow citizens to be of good character, with an emphasis upon the safe keeping of not only guns, but also sound thoughts and right action --  given our natural and essential duty to God, to country, to one another as responsible citizens and members of one community.

FURTHER RESOLVED, by virtue of the order of all things, a simple life heeding the authority of a Higher Power, as in One Nation under God, recognizes our duty as individuals to be in relationship with the ideals of a virtuous society built upon trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship...and maybe a little brotherly love, too.  A sound adherence to natural law breeds a sound nature, sound body, sound whole.

FURTHER RESOLVED, this day in the life of an American girl is finished.


Make it a Good Day, G