2016 Sucked and 2017 Doesn’t Look Any Better.

2016 was a literal shit storm. Prince, Bowie, Maurice White, George Michael, Sharon Jones, and a shit ton of other talented artists died. Bowie and Prince hurt the most as they were such innovators and their music spoke to me personally.

Death also paid a visit to someone close to me as well… My mom died in August. It was rather sudden and took me off guard. I can say this is one of the most devastating things that has happened to me in a while. I’m still numb about the whole thing as I think I could have handled her illness better if I knew how serious it was. I miss my mom terribly. She was such a fantastic person… she would tell you what she thought even if you didn’t like it. As a matter of fact she predicted the Angry Cheeto would win…. Which leads me to this…

We now have a man running our country who is completely out of his depth.  A racist, anti-intellectual, con man who is running the good old, U.S of A. How did we get here? Well according to Bernie Sanders [who is getting on my nerves] and other politicians, it’s because the working white class is headed into a deadly tailspin and were tired of being ignored by the previous administration and presidential nominee H.R. Clinton. To which I say, Bullshit. When I first heard Angry Cheetos’ campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” I knew what was coming… A bunch of racist, ‘let’s blame Muslims, blacks, gays, women, etc.’ bull crap. And I wasn’t wrong. It didn’t take long for all the ‘God Bless America,” Confederate loving, xenophobic asswipes to come crawling out of the woodwork. So no, I”m not surprised he won. I’m disappointed that they brought this con man’s shell game and now we will have to suffer. The thing is they are now suffering as well. But there’s a saying that applies to those folk. “You deserve the government you voted for.” I don’t wish anything bad to happen to them, but if it does, they have to suck it up and suffer like the rest of us will. And no, I will not be reaching out to help them as some people have suggested. I’m looking at you, Bernie Sanders. To all of that I say, Fuck That Noise. I’m done with turning the other cheek.

2017 will be a challenge indeed. I hope that Trump doesn’t manage to get us killed in the while he’s meandering and Tweeting at 3:00 A.M. I guess what we can do is live each moment like it will be our last. So for me, that’s smashing my training goals, loving my friend and family, and eating like a mutha-fucka.

Know hope.

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Fifty

I turned fifty on Dec 31, 2015… Still have lots of shit to do before I die and I realized there really are no second acts. I don’t like my job and I want to something new. Not exactly sure what that is, but I’m looking at becoming a personal trainer. Yeah…. that’s new. We’ll see. I just know that I’m now a 50 year old man and I don’t have much time left. Maybe it’s time to live my dreams–I’m sick of being afraid of failure.

I saw this post by Jason Feruggia and it made me think. Time to get my shit together

Take away:

Fill your head with the ones that paint a positive picture yourself. The strong, jacked, confident, man you know you can be. Because until you have a strong mind, you will limit yourself.

Brendan Eich got shit-canned. … And Andrew Sullivan is ‘Outraged’

So after many protests and an outcry from its employees, and the LGBT community, Mozilla terminated their relationship with Brendan Eich. Needless to say there have been reactions from the left and the right. I like how some people who are all for gay rights have come to Eich’s defense–stating his First Amendment rights are being trampled on.  Here’s a quote Andrew Sullivan:

Will he now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me – as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today – hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else – then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us.

Here’s the answer Andrew. No, he won’t. He’ll find another job at a tech company and will still make decent money. As far as me being interested in a tolerant and diverse society. Yeah, I’m  all for diversity, but the man contributed to an organization that wants nothing more than to see gays treated like second class citizens. No, I’m not going to tolerate that bullshit. As a matter of fact we [gays/lesbians/trans/bisexuals] have been tolerant for far too long. There is a war going on and there are plenty of people who want to see us killed, stoned to death, or  go to hell. To be honest, I’m sick of them and their views. Eich contributed to the PROP 8 campaign and he was called out for it. He didn’t really offer an defense for what he did, but I guess he was hoping that the controversy would just blow over. Mozilla thought otherwise…. They have to worry about their brand and their employees–especially when some of those employees began to question the company’s stance on LGBT issues. I’m sure they wouldn’t want to loose talented employees.

Another thing about Mr. Sullivan being so outraged. When Alec Baldwin went on a homophobic rant  last year and threatened to ‘kill’ a paparazzo, Sullivan wanted him fired from MSNBC Well…. What about Baldwin’s First Amendment rights? Yeah… you see Andrew you cannot have it both ways. Consequently, Baldwin was fired, but I did’t see Sullivan come to Baldwin’s defense.

If Sullivan wants nothing to do with the modern gay rights movement any more, well I saw there’s the door.

Hello Again: Rewind, Restart, Reboot.

Well, here I am again trying to do another blog. I’m hoping this time I’ll be able to keep it up and actually make blogging/writing a part of my life–fingers crossed. The blog will focus mainly on three things:

  • Pop culture
  • Powerlifting
  • Politics

I’m not an expert in any of the three, but I’m very passionate about them and will offer my observations/comments on them as I see fit. I’ll also throw in other stuff as well, but I want to focus the three P’s.

I hope you stick around.