I Kneel With ColinIt’s becoming pretty absurd, the levels of ignorance to which the Colin Kaepernick/Nike naysayers are lowering themselves. Destroying Nike merchandise after you’ve purchased it is fairly...how shall I put it...fucking IDIOTIC! For one thing, Nike Co. already has your money so destroying a perfectly good piece of sports apparel does nothing but make you look like a self-righteous dumbass. Personally, I do understand the desire to remove all branding from a piece of clothing, mainly for anti-consumerist reasons, but to do so because you’re upset that a top-selling apparel brand has hired as it’s latest spokesperson an ‘uppity n---er’ who is ‘disrespecting’ the U.S. National Anthem with a silent protest just makes you look like a fucking idiot.*(see bottom note) Second, to have the elected political leader of a Louisiana town use his position to ban products from said apparel company in city facilities over this issue is absurdl
Possible Tee Design, Oct. 12, 2018 CorSecAgent 3 2 Integrity Matters, and the GOP have none! CorSecAgent 4 2
I Kneel With Colin
It’s becoming pretty absurd, the levels of ignorance to which the Colin Kaepernick/Nike naysayers are lowering themselves. Destroying Nike merchandise after you’ve purchased it is fairly...how shall I put it...fucking IDIOTIC! For one thing, Nike Co. already has your money so destroying a perfectly good piece of sports apparel does nothing but make you look like a self-righteous dumbass. Personally, I do understand the desire to remove all branding from a piece of clothing, mainly for anti-consumerist reasons, but to do so because you’re upset that a top-selling apparel brand has hired as it’s latest spokesperson an ‘uppity n---er’ who is ‘disrespecting’ the U.S. National Anthem with a silent protest just makes you look like a fucking idiot.*(see bottom note) Second, to have the elected political leader of a Louisiana town use his position to ban products from said apparel company in city facilities over this issue is absurdl
Well, it’s been a somewhat pleasant evening. I went out for my first IAF Happy Hour in a long while and had myself four Mohitos and fair dose of decent conversation. The weather was nice and the waitress was gorgeous...not that you’d expect any less from the wait staff at a bar across town. When rich bozos get off of work, they tend to expect that their libations will be served up by pretty young things. Anyway, I went out as a means to test myself in social situations, given that I have a fair amount of anxiety when it comes to crowded spaces or social interaction in general. I don’t believe it was a fair test though, because the volume of alcohol I consumed pretty much offset any nervous energy that would have arisen naturally for me in such an environment. I suppose it probably helped that it was a rooftop establishment as opposed to a noisy, indoor pub environment, but the alcohol probably played the bigger role in easing any social anxiety I might have experience
On the Historicity of Jesus: An Informal Review
It’s been three weeks since Dr. Richard Carrier last visited us here in Central Iowa, and in that time I have found myself having an abnormal (for me) degree of energy sufficient to read, as best I am able, his 2014 work ‘On the Historicity of Jesus: Why We Might Have Reason for Doubt.’ The book is a carefully crafted examination of the supposed evidence for an historical Jesus which weighs the probability that such ‘evidence’ is better representative of a purely mythical Jesus. A character who may have been invented to advance a socio-religious agenda, or a series of interrelated agendas, and was then later crafted into an historical person by parties for whom there was a need to have a legitimate human being at the core of their dogma/doctrine. The book is, by many accounts, one of the first well-researched, peer-reviewed titles - if not THE first - to argue for a purely mythical christian savior and should be of interest to anyone with an inclination to
Am I really from Mars...?
It's been a constant thorn in the side of gender relations for countless generations that men seem incapable of understanding the female condition. While it's true that there are somethings men like me will never be able to comprehend based solely on biological differences (like how painful it is to have your clitoris over-stimulated, how horrible it feels to deal with having a period, what the agony of childbirth actually entails) I do believe there are things I can comprehend on an intellectual level.
For one, I'm not fond of being propositioned by women that I am not, and could never be, attracted to on a physical level.
Two, I'm not thrilled by the possibility that my worth as a person is being made on arbitrary grounds, like my physical appearance or my job situation/economic standing.
Three, I am furthermore not thrilled at the notion that I am being judged a 'horn-dog' who is only after one thing simply because the stereotype exists that all men ever think about is sex.
On the Tedium of Poverty
I made a bowl of slop today…
but not because I like eating slop, mind you.
I made the bowl of slop because I face the
disheartening conundrum that if I am to have
a consistent diet where I ingest a reasonable
volume of nutrients on a daily basis, then I
must resort to a diet that consists largely of
highly-processed, cheaply made gruel that falls
under the affordable-only-at-the-discount-store
Sometimes I can afford a spice or two that
gives an impression that the slop is not really
a tasteless swill of carbs and imitation dairy.
Once in a while, a hefty portion of flavored
bread crumbs lets me imagine I’m eating a
bowl of elegantly prepared, succulent Eggplant
Parmesan. And if I throw enough curry powder
and dried onion in the mix, the original flavor,
if indeed one actually existed, is undetectable
thanks to the spice assault on my perpetually
bored sense of taste and smell.
My doctors chide me for not eating better than
this but the cost of ‘good’ f
For the Sake of Clarity
Recently one of my editorial policies was brought into question - not out of spite, mind you, but merely out of curious inquiry – a policy which involves the content of my regular newsletter column ‘Profiles in Creativity’ where I try and showcase the work and wisdom of select artists I meet. For those of you who aren’t aware, I publish a quarterly newsletter called ‘Ingersoll Av’ which is meant to highlight, though not exclusively, the (primarily) creative experiences of the Secular community connected with Iowa. Now the policy in question is meant to keep the column exclusive to Artists who are producing works of what I deem ‘High Art’ on a consistent basis; be it sculpture, photography, painting, drawing or what have you. The question about the policy came about because one of the people recommended for inclusion in the column is less of an artist by my definition and more of a craft hobbyist.
Though I am something of an egalitarian in
Read this op-ed a little while ago - I Don't Want To Talk About My Tattoos With Strange Men - and it's just irritating the hell out of me to be reminded of just why, exactly, I don't want to even think about talking to random women because of shit like this.
Now, I get that there are some sick, twisted fucks in this world with bad intentions. One of them just happens be calling himself 'president' at the moment. And I fully agree that some of these twisted fucks will use the display of tattoos on a woman's body to ply their sick, twisted machinations. For generations, now, men have played the 'dominion' game when it comes to women and their sexuality.
However, as twisted as these fucks can be, women need to be reminded that I'M NOT HARVEY FUCKING WEINSTEIN!!!!! Hell, most men aren't Harvey Fucking Weinstein. In fact, I'd bet dollars for donuts that most men are genuinely tactful
Just Some Food for Thought...
If it smells like Racism, it probably isn’t a Rose…
There are two words, I think, that should be ever present on the minds of people who dare to call themselves reasonable human beings. The first – EVIDENCE – is quite obvious when one puts any amount of thought into what is occurring in the world at large. Right now, we have a Special Counsel investigation, which relies on evidence, handing down indictments related to Russian meddling during the Great Farce of 2016. And, of course, we now have an addition to the English lexicon - Fake News - that screams volumes about the present need for accurate information in regard to world events. And, to generalize a bit, when we’re trying to fix a leaky faucet, we don’t just bang on it with a hammer. And we don’t do that because there are many, many professionals in the plumbing world who have reams and reams of evidence that inform as to the impossibility of a hammer being an effective tool where
Separating the Wise from the Foolish.
Beyond the Assumption: A Running List of Needed Improvements in the Human Zeitgeist
It’s time to move past our assumptions and become more than the sum of our preconceived notions, to grow and mature into a unified species worthy of our place in the grand cosmos.
It’s time to evolve past the assumption that faith is a suitable path to knowledge given our understanding of, and ability to exploit, the power of the atom. If we are not careful then naive beliefs, and the policies that they inspire, will surely spell our doom given that we now possess the ability to wipe ourselves out forever.
It’s time to move beyond the assumption that religion is of vital necessity to human existence; that it is, indeed our best source of morality. Putting aside the fact that no tangible evidence has ever, in hundreds of thousands of years of human existence, been presented to verify the veracity of supernatural claims, if religion were actually a well-spring of morality then racis