Charlie's Blog: 2017


Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 56

A girl phoned me the other day and said, "Come on over. There's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home.


Donald Trump recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel this week. This is akin to acknowledging that the compass points north, and the sun rises in the east. Basically, Trump chose to embrace reality instead of the fantasy of Palestinians, Arabs, and Musloids with their violent religious fantasies.

I support this move which was decided upon all the way back in 1995. The only problem was that no president since had a pair when it came to actually doing it. So, they waived the declaration every six months. Trump being manly unlike his predecessors did the right thing.

Why do I support the declaration and the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem? I am not a Zionist like many evangelical Christians. I believe the Roman Catholic Church has taken the place of Israel and is the true Israel. I also believe that all Jews need to embrace the Catholic Christian faith and to acknowledge Jesus Christ as their true Messiah. One day, this will happen.

I also believe that God still keeps his promises to the children of Abraham which is why the Jews have survived as a people when they should have vanished by now. I also believe that Israel exists and is preserved by divine favor. Israel still has a role to play in the eschatological drama that is unfolding even now. Israel may have rejected Christ, but Christ has not rejected Israel.

I support Israel not so much for religious reasons so much as it is common sense. The Arab and Muslim world is a cesspool of evil and violence. The Islamic religion is an abomination. If it were in my power, I would wipe that evil religion from the face of the earth. There is no such thing as a good Muslim anymore than there can be a good Nazi or a good satanist. Islam is evil.

Muslims hate Jews. The Muslim teaches the hatred of Jews, and this hatred is non-negotiable. This is why there can never be and will never be peace between Israelis and the Muslims that surround them. Israel is the best thing going in the Middle East. All Muslim countries are a nightmare even for those living there. It is better to be an Arab in Israel than in Saudi Arabia or Egypt.


Judge Roy Moore has to be the most hated man to ever run for US Senate. The fact that the Left has stooped to lies and fabrications to try and derail this man is all the reason you need to vote for this guy. They desperately don't want him up there which is precisely why we need to put him there.

Roy Moore's fortunes have changed all because it turns out that one of Moore's accusers is a liar resorting to forgery to try and bolster her lies. Her admission after the fact was a desperate move to save herself from real criminal charges and consequences. The lady was happy to get paid by the Democrats to lie, but they can't pay her enough to go to jail, And should she go to jail? Absolutely. I think the entire Democrat Party belongs in jail. They are total criminals.

This crookedness runs from top to bottom in the Democrat Party. The left wing are a class of amoral criminals. There is no level they will not stoop to in order to achieve their ends. I believe this sordidness also involves Bob Mueller and his crooked investigation of non-existent Russian collusion. I also believe Seth Rich was murdered by people operating on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

The one guy that needs to get to the bottom of all of this crookedness is Attorney General Jeff Sessions who has been the least effective Republican AG this country has ever seen. With Sessions in office, who needs Democrats to let the shadiness continue? How dirty do things have to get before there are real investigations into this crap? Trump should fire Sessions. That guy is in permanent CYA mode. At least a shady guy like Chris Christie would actually go after some bad guys.

I sincerely hope Roy Moore wins that seat in Alabama. He will be a powerful ally in helping to drain the swamp in DC. He is a good man. Don't believe the lies coming from the left wing mainstream media.

3. Q & A

Q: What do you want for Christmas this year?

A: It is hard to buy gifts for me. This is because I want very little. And when I need something, I usually need it right then, so I can't wait for someone to buy it for me for Christmas. I usually go ahead and buy it. Plus, I don't pursue any equipment dependent hobbies like golf or amateur radio, so there's not much avenue to buy me anything there. This leaves books. I love books, and they make a perfect gift for me. This year I have already received my gift from my wife. Here it is:

This set of books is The Mystical City of God by Venerable Mary of Agreda. Basically, Mary of Agreda was like a female Padre Pio performing miracles and having visions. Mystical City is a collection of what she saw, and it is a pearl of great price. I have wanted this set ever since hearing about it. Now, I have it. It should prove to be profitable reading.


If you really want to be a penitent soul - both penitent and cheerful - you must above all stick to your daily periods of prayer, which should be fervent, generous and not cut short. And you must make sure that those minutes of prayer are not done only when you feel the need, but at fixed times, whenever it is possible. Don't neglect these details. If you subject yourself to this daily worship of God, I can assure you that you will be always happy.

If you are a Jew and you walk into East Jerusalem, your life is in danger. If you're an Arab and you walk into West Jerusalem, there's no problem at all, which signifies exactly why Jerusalem should be under Jewish control and not under Muslim control.

If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more ‎violence. If the Jews put ‎down their weapons ‎today, there would be no ‎more Israel.

I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee, and IN THEE shall all the kindred of the earth be blessed.

It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards one’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.

You may dazzle the mind with a thousand brilliant discoveries of natural science; you may open new worlds of knowledge which were never dreamed of before; yet, if you have not developed in the soul of the pupil strong habits of virtue which will sustain her in the struggle of life, you have not educated her, but only put in her hand a powerful instrument of self-destruction.

It is hard to make government representative when it is also remote.

If politicians stopped meddling with things they don't understand, there would be a more drastic reduction in the size of government than anyone in either party advocates.

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.

You can stand in the light. And you can set a positive example. But you simply cannot make someone change.


--The MSM reports that Trump drinks 12 cans of Diet Coke and watches eight hours of Fox News each day. I don't actually believe this because Trump has been the most active and impressive POTUS in my living memory. But this shows how desperate they are to get dirt on this guy where his non-vices are now vices. The guy does not drink and has never used drugs. He is basically a workaholic. I can see why the MSM has to resort to fake news.

--Trump has an impressive record on the economy. The sad news is that the bulk comes just from Trump not being Obama. Trump has yet to really get his economic program in place. It isn't that Trump is that good. Obama was just that bad.

--Trump gave an awesome speech at the rally in Pensacola. I take the time to listen to them now. Those rallies are real morale boosters for us wanting to #MAGA.

--Al Franken isn't resigning. That whole non-resignation resignation was political theater. His speech sounded like something he would do on SNL. No contrition whatsoever.

--Leeann Tweeden is a whore. This doesn't mean that Al Franken isn't a creep. And women deserve respect even if they are whores. But they don't deserve compassion when they got their start working at Hooters and ended up posing nude in Playboy. If men need to return to chivalry, women need to return to chastity and modesty.

--David Brooks is one of those Republicans you wish was actually a Democrat.

--Lindsay Vonn trashed Trump. Then, internet elation when she trashed herself resulting in a Olympics ending injury. Is it a curse? I think it is a curse when you deserve it.

--Any mayor that declares his city to be a "sanctuary city" should be prosecuted under federal law and spend a long time in a federal prison. Once again, this is something Jeff Sessions doesn't have the stones to pursue.



PRINT--The Dictator Pope by Marcantonio Colonna

Jorge Bergoglio was elected Pope in 2013 as a liberal and a reformer. In fact, he had long been known in his native Argentina as a manipulative politician and a skillful self-presenter. Behind the mask of a genial man of the people, Pope Francis has consolidated his position as a dictator who rules by fear and has allied himself with the most corrupt elements in the Vatican to prevent and reverse the reforms that were expected of him.

I bought this one as soon as it was available on Kindle. It promised to be an eye opener, and it was. If you want to know whether or not Francis is a bad pope, this book will answer it for you. Pope Francis is indeed a bad pope. The Dictator Pope goes into extensive detail as to why Francis is a bad pope. In a nutshell, he is the Argentinian dictator Juan Peron reborn as the Roman pontiff.

The first thing that needs to be established in this review is that "Marcantonio Colonna" is not the author's real name. The name comes from the admiral of the papal fleet during the Battle of Lepanto. You can read his Wikipedia article here. The reason for the pseudonym is obvious. The author faces the very real prospect of reprisal should his identity be made known. Rumors swirl that phones are tapped and a Stasi of sorts exists within the Vatican reporting everything back to Pope Francis and his lieutenants. I pray that nothing bad happens to him.

Colonna reports nothing staggeringly new to me as I have been reading these stories ever since Francis became pope. What is new are the details of those stories. Colonna fleshes them out and puts the stories in much better context. I don't want to give away everything in the book since it is rather exhaustive, but here are a few important things I have gleaned from The Dictator Pope:

1. The election of Bergoglio was shady from the start.

The book goes into detail about the St. Gallen Mafia group that originally wanted Bergoglio instead of Ratzinger to succeed Pope St. John Paul II. They lost in that mission in 2005 but were elated that they would get a second bite at the apple when Benedict abdicated. They openly campaigned for Bergoglio, and Bergoglio accepted it. This is a big no-no with the possibility of automatic excommunication for both the St. Gallen group and Bergoglio. It could possibly void his election leading to a declaration of Francis as an antipope. The book doesn't go to that conclusion, and it is not for us to draw it. But I would not be surprised in the future if this is actually declared to be the case regarding Pope Francis. The book says nothing about the rumors of Pope Benedict being forced to resign.

2. Pope Francis loves to be surrounded by scum.

The scum could be people engage in shady financial dealings at the Vatican Bank, sodomite clerics, or pedophile priests. Francis looks out for all of them because people with dirt on them are more easily controlled and manipulated.

3. Pope Francis's display of humility is false.

All of Francis's displays of humility are exactly that--displays. His "common touch" is an affectation to endear him to the masses. It was a trick the Argentine pope picked up from Juan Peron. Basically, the Holy Father makes sure the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.

4. Pope Francis hates the good guys.

The good guys in this case would be the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, the Knights of Malta, and Cardinals Burke, Sarah, Mueller, Pell, and whoever else upholds the One True Faith. He has moved ruthlessly to smack these guys down in various ways, and you can expect this dictatorial behavior to continue under the man.

There is much more than just this in the book. Do I recommend it? Absolutely. It is must reading for any Catholic concerned about this disastrous papacy. But the book does not answer the fundamental question. Where do things go from here?

My personal belief is that Cardinal Burke and Company should convene a conclave of faithful prelates, draft a document like the filial correction, and demand that Francis either repent or vacate the Chair of Peter. I think this move will draw the ire of Francis and his allies, and things will become very ugly very quickly. Basically, it will be the fulfillment of the Third Secret of Fatima and the warnings of Our Lady of Akita. I don't expect Francis to repent or abdicate. Worse things are yet to come. Watch and pray.


Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 55

I saved a girl from being attacked last night. I controlled myself.


Mike Flynn finally buckled under the pressure and gave Mueller what he wanted. He copped to a plea of lying to the FBI. Now, they will squeeze him to try and get Trump. This is the typical playbook of the FBI when it comes to organized crime. Nevermind that these tactics are as shady as the ones belonging to the crooks they are trying to get.

Basically, here's how the FBI and federal prosecutors work these days. They go after you for a crime. If they can't prove the crime, then they claim there was a cover up which is also a crime. The result is that you are guilty no matter what. This is how they got Martha Stewart. They will try and get Trump the same way. I expect an indictment for "obstruction of justice" any day now.

Mueller and Co. are a farce. Those guys are crooked as hell, yet they are tasked with seeking justice. It just blows my mind. All I can say is that if Mueller succeeds in removing Trump then we are no loner living in a republic but a country ruled by a criminal class of people.

What should Trump do? He should pardon Flynn. He should fire Mueller. He should fire Jeff Sessions for a being an absolutely worthless attorney general and hire someone with some spine. That replacement needs to investigate Mueller, the Clintons, Obama, and whoever else deserves to see the inside of a prison cell for the rest of their days. And he should dare Congress to impeach him.


An illegal immigrant kills a woman. A jury of his peers acquits that immigrant. It was an "accident." Let that sink in. If a man dug a hole in his yard and someone fell in it breaking their neck and dying, the man who dug that hole would be facing a minimum of involuntary manslaughter. The same is true of a teenager texting behind the wheel who kills a family of four. Yet, this guy can shoot a woman with a stolen gun and get off with NOTHING.


Build the damn wall.

3. Q & A

Q: How can Trump get Mexico to pay for the wall?

A: That is a tough one, but I have some ideas. The most obvious would be to raid the Mexican drug cartels and seize their warehouses of cash. Those guys have enough cash that they could literally build the wall out of the money itself. Another idea is to charge admission to the United States. Still, another idea is to sell advertising space on the wall. That's all I've got for ideas. The most obvious way that the wall will pay for itself is in a reduction in welfare to illegals, lower rates of costly incarceration, and less manpower needed for immigration enforcement.


Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness.

The American dream does not come to those who fall asleep.

It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of hypocrites.

Decent people should ignore politics, if only they could be confident that politics would ignore them.

No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity.

The Democratic Party supports criminals and Islamic terrorists but has no sympathy for taxpayers.


--The UK sees Donald Trump as a greater threat than Musloid terrorists, rapists, and scum. Theresa May continues to be a disgrace as PM. Throw her out!

--Bitcoin is a big deal, and I think it will be an even bigger deal when it absolutely collapses. Gold!

--National reciprocity for concealed carry would be awesome. It would be like having a Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

--I support Roy Moore for Senate. Good or bad, he is a Republican which makes him better than the best Democrat. Always vote Republican.

--Alex Jones says the reason big time newscasters like Rose and Lauer are going down is because their contracts are out of proportion to declining ad revenue. The sex harassment/predation stuff is the easy way to void those contracts. I don't know if I agree, but it is an interesting theory.

--I totally support the embassy move to Jerusalem. I despise the Palestinians. I stand with Israel.

--Goodell and the NFL must have decided that the ratings would be even more dismal if the players did a walkout. So, they can grin and bear the kneeling protest hoping it will go away. What is going away are the fans, the ratings, and the advertisers.

--I have never seen a tax cut I didn't like. Whatever tax cut Congress approves will be an unqualified good for this country.

--Deficit hawks should focus on the spending side of things instead of the revenue side of things.



C-Notes for WED 29 NOV 2017 HUMP DAY

1. STATUS: Still getting over my social media addiction. I've decided to put things here that I used to post on Twitter. The status update is one of those things that I tweeted daily.

2. God bless Poland. This is the sort of thing they do in a godly nation.

3. Matt Lauer is a creep. Good riddance to that guy. But the person I feel sorry for is Ann Curry. She was an awesome newscaster who got screwed over by that Lauer creep.

4. I'm a little stunned by the Garrison Keillor firing. Will wait for the details on that one.

5. I am very happy that they caught the Tampa serial killer. I prayed that he would be apprehended a day ago, and he was! He was caught in true dumb crook fashion telling a girl to not look in his bag while he cashed a check. Unbelievable! I believe it was divine assistance.

6. I don't think this guy will get far.

7. Teachers tell kids that they can grow up to be whatever they want. That is a complete lie. It is especially false when the kid wants to change his or her gender.

8. I don't know if the Daily Caller is a conservative news site or a gateway to softcore pornography. I have stopped following that website in my Feedly.

9. Will Cardinal Burke ever issue a formal correction? I think we'll have a new pope before then. I think this is what Burke is waiting on.

10. I confess that I, too, am an Islamophobe. Beheadings and gang rape will do that to you.

11. The best age to let your kids have smartphones would be 18, and they are paying for them. Otherwise, you are buying your kids pornphones that will warp their brains and erode their morals.

12. I never give money to the CCHD. That envelope from our parish goes straight in the trash. In fact, virtually all of the envelopes go in the trash except the parish offering and contributions to the building fund. It's sad that we have to be vigilant about this sort of thing.

13. Cardinal Burke should read and heed this.

14. DOWNSIDE: You are broke and unknown. UPSIDE: You are too broke and unknown to bother with the sex harassment shakedown taking place. Being a loser has its benefits.

15. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton slides through life without a care in the world or a trace of remorse for anything he's done.

16. At my old job, a dude was messing with a female co-worker until he showed up to work beaten to hell with a dislocated shoulder. He claimed it was a home invasion. The reality was a jealous husband. That dude had it coming.

17. WASTE OF MONEY: The City of Columbia wants to get the fountain in Finlay Park back up and running. This will undoubtedly help to wash away the urine and feces of the homeless. As for families, they never go to that place because of those drugged up bums.

18. Public broadcasting is where money is confiscated from the working class to fund entertainment for limousine liberals. END IT.

19. MEMENTO MORI: They caught the bad guy, but four people are still dead in Tampa. Nothing can bring them back. Carpe diem.


Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 54

I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous - everyone hasn't met me yet.


A lot of perverts in the public eye are going down these days. Many of them are in Hollywood and on the political left. Their shenanigans have been ignored by the leftist mainstream media for decades. Now, they make the headlines every single day. What changed to cause this cultural tsunami?

I'd like to believe that this is a result of people coming back to embrace chastity and modesty, but this is the same culture that endorses abortion on demand and gay marriage. I think the reason for this sudden sea change is more sinister. I think the new gang wants to clear out the old gang, so they have resorted to the Machiavellian tactic of character assassination. As I am fond of saying, if you wait long enough, evil will eat itself.

Evil is simply eating itself, and it will not end until all of those of a certain age have been devoured. What will replace the old evil will be a new evil even more potent and diabolical.


A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea and received five gunshot wounds for his escape. His body was filled with parasites. North Korea is truly hell on earth. It's too bad we can't ship American leftists over there to stay forever.

I pray daily that North Korea and the nightmare of Kim Jong Un would end much like the Berlin Wall fell so many years ago. Donald Trump should go at North Korea like Reagan did against the USSR. Those poor North Koreans deserve a break from their sufferings.

I detest modern art. The bulk of it is aimed at nothing more than blaspheming our Lord and shocking the cultural and social sensibilities of decent people. It is ugliness for the sake of ugliness.

Why do people produce this garbage? The bottom line is that they have lost the capability of producing works of beauty. The loss of religious faith has corroded their souls and corrupted their minds. It isn't a lack of skill on their part. It is a lack of humanity.

This lack of humanity extends to all forms of cultural expression. Art is now ugly. Music is now noise. Cinema is now pornography. Architecture is now hideous. This garbage and filth has been with us for over a century and even parts of the Roman Catholic Church have embraced the aesthetic with churches and cathedrals that look more like bunkers and warehouses than houses of worship.

When God is lost, beauty is lost with Him. The result is that the world looks more and more each day like Hell.

4. Q & A

Q: Why do people still embrace Marxism, socialism, and communism?

A: Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, there are some people who think communism works. These are your academics and technocrat types and loafers living in the basement of their parents' house. These people know communism doesn't work, but they don't care. This is because they don't work. Their aversion to labor is what makes them Marxist. Meanwhile, the proletariat who actually do the work reject Marxism overwhelmingly. They vote for billionaires like Donald Trump.

Every Marxist in America should be airdropped into a Marxist country such as Venezuela or North Korea. Dump them out and forget about them. Capitalism works. It always has and always will. Marxism has never worked and never will.


It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.

I bear a deep red stain that runs from my left shoulder down to my right hip, a trail left by the herbwitch's poison that my mother used to try to expel me from her womb.

To restrict or legalize abortion, to allow or forbid gay marriage, a legislator would need to write and pass a law, get it signed by the president or a governor, and perhaps override a veto. A Supreme Court justice need only persuade four other people. If he or she is not internally constrained by the authority of a text, he or she is not constrained.

Seneca, the Roman moralist, called unchastity "the greatest evil of our time". In light of this pronounced deterioration of marriage, countless Roman women engaged in adulterous sex, and when they became pregnant, they destroyed the evidence of their sexual indiscretions, thus adding to Rome's widespread abortions.

For abortion opponents believe that a class of persons are being killed by such methods as dismemberment, suffocation, and burning, and thus are more than perplexed to be told that they don't have to participate in the killings if they don't want to. Saying 'If you don't like abortion, don't have one.' to those opposed to abortion is similar to telling abolitionists not to own slaves if they don't like slavery.


--The Person of the Year is Donald J. Trump even if Time magazine chooses to ignore the obvious.

--College students visit food banks and live on food stamps now. It will only be worse as they turn to Alpo upon graduation and have to turn to sex work to meet the interest payments on their student loans.

--Charlie Rose was a good journalist. Likewise, Kevin Spacey has been a great actor. Yet, they would love to take back the awards and praise.

--The easiest way to defund ISIS is to end welfare.

--People who work in abortion clinics must have no conscience at all.



C-Notes for FRI 24 NOV 2017 BLACK FRIDAY

1. My life without a smartphone. A short but great read.

2. Greta Van Fleet sounds so much like Led Zeppelin that it's scary. The singer sounds exactly like Robert Plant. The upside is that they are an awesome band. The downside is that they are Led Zeppelin reincarnated. At some point, the crowd is going to beg for Stairway to Heaven, and they are going to become just another cover band. It's the Recycled Generation. Everything old is repeated.

3. I still continue to listen to classical music instead of classic rock. Classical music stimulates my brain for some reason. I find that I think better and focus more when I listen to it.

4. I pray everyday for the people of North Korea.

5. I think if Charles Dickens could witness Black Friday today he would never have written A Christmas Carol.

6. The phenomenon of "bike doping" shows that professional cycling is the dirtiest sport that has ever existed.

7. Bravo to Christopher Plummer. Never retire!

8. It's way too late for pinko liberals to start virtue signaling about the rapist sex fiend Bill Clinton.

9. The Flash is a terrible superhero. What can the guy do? Run away really fast?

10. If the accusations against Judge Roy Moore are true, he should do the honorable thing and run as a Democrat.

11. Theresa May is no Margaret Thatcher. The UK needs Mogg!

12. The Keurig is an abomination. I never drink coffee from these hellish devices.

13. Smartphones and social media are evil. People just don't know exactly why. I think it has something to do with boredom.

14. Cryptocurrency is no substitute for gold. Gold is money. Always has been. Always will be.

15. You have to be either really hateful or really stupid to prefer letting your son rot in a Chinese prison for a decade than give Donald Trump credit for doing you a favor.

16. There's nothing I really want for Christmas. For some reason, my love for the material has diminished considerably.

17. A fine example of the parasite class in action. If you want to trim the fat, start at the top.

18. I am a fan of artificial Christmas trees especially the ones made from aluminum like this beauty:

It was the Charlie Brown Christmas Special that killed fake trees for a lot of people. People went back to the natural trees, and I have to wonder how many houses have burned down as a consequence of a cartoon.

19. Anyone who really wants socialism should just go to North Korea. Your option exists, and you don't have to lift a finger to build it. Enjoy your Marxist hell.

20. Bill Clinton was warned he did not have long to live, so the guy went vegan and ended up looking great. Then, Hillary convinced Bill to give up the vegan thing and go paleo. This is the result:




1. Today is Thanksgiving Day though some people just call it Turkey Day. I call it Thanksgiving because I believe in God. These are the things that I am thankful for:

-That I am Roman Catholic. For years, I struggled as a Protestant to make sense of the Bible. When I became Catholic, it made total sense. And God and the Blessed Mother came to me at a time when a guy like me would not be expected to make such a conversion. I thank God for the many graces that He has bestowed upon me and continues to bestow on me.

-That I have the most wonderful wife in the world. I totally hit the lottery when I met her. She is a true blessing from God.

-That I live in the United States of America which is still the greatest nation on earth and the greatest nation in history.

-That Donald J. Trump is my president and not Hillary Clinton.

-That I have been allowed to suffer hardship and setbacks and pain and misery. God has blessed me in those trials, and I am grateful for them.

2. All of the sex harassment scandals involving Hollywood people and politicians makes me want to give a bit of advice to all the men out there. These bits will serve you well for the rest of your days.

-Abstain from fornication and adultery. Sex belongs inside of matrimony.

-Eschew pornography and masturbation.

-Pray three Hail Marys daily for chastity and purity.

-Practice chivalry by treating every lady as if she were the Virgin Mary.

These are great tips. Plus, that Mike Pence rule about not eating lunch (or doing anything else) with any woman other than your wife is very wise advice. People mocked him, but he looks like a genius now.

3. Coffee continues to be nothing but win. I had to give up beer which causes gout. Coffee seems to cure it. Is there anything the juice of the magic black bean can't do?

4. The iPhone X has been out long enough for Apple cult members to now have to buy a replacement for the one that broke. The X surpasses all iPhones before it by being twice as expensive and twice as fragile. It should come with a pre-loaded app that automatically sends out a replacement when it gets dropped on the sidewalk and deducts $1K from your checking account. The phones get smarter while the people get dumber.

5. When you hit age 60+, you should know better. Who wants to look at some old guy's junk? What old guy wants to show off his junk? Two words for you: BABY BOOMERS.

6. Elon Musk is a fine example of when billions of dollars and mental illness get together. This guy will either change the world or stick it with a massive unpaid bill. No more government money to this guy.

7. Only liberals can find the downside of electric lights. Somehow someway, Thomas Edison was a villain like that Columbus guy. Get your candles ready.

8. Any store that is open on Thanksgiving is evil. This would be Walmart.

9. I truly believe God blesses businesses that close on Sundays and religious days. Chick-fil-A should have cratered long ago being closed 52 days out of the year. It thrives. Godliness is good business.

10. I totally believe that Rey from Star Wars is the daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia and the brother of Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren. I could be wrong, but it looks pretty obvious to me in hindsight. We will see. As for Snoke and the Knights of Ren, your guess is as good as mine. I am clueless on both of those mysteries.



SOC 24

Only the educated are free.

Busking is basically where a street performer who plays music or displays other talents like juggling or magic out in the street or park for free and whatever donations people care to drop in the hat. Busking has a long history stretching back to ancient times. Basically, it is the combination of performance and begging. Along with busking is the soapbox where preachers or speechmakers would elevate themselves on a box in public spaces to be heard above the crowd and opine on anything from politics to religion. This also stretches back in antiquity. Socrates, St. Paul, and Jesus were all essentially soapbox preachers.

There is something humiliating about this form of street performance and oratory. You are liable to get something thrown at you as you are to collect donations or attentive ears. Now that we live in the age of the internet, I can see the parallels. I watch musicians making videos in their living rooms and posting them on YouTube. Others merely speak into the microphone. Do these people have dreams of bigger stages? I doubt it. The street performer is little more than a beggar at the end of the day, and the same is true of the internet performer as well.

I think about this stuff as I reflect upon my place as a writer of things unread. I used to be a writer of things read. Once upon a time, I tried being a writer while in my twenties. I had dreams of being a hack novelist like Stephen King while working for a newspaper or magazine until my big break came. By the time I finished my English degree, I knew that this dream was unlikely to happen for me. At the time, writers made very little money, and this included those working for the New York Times or managed to get a tome on one of the bestseller lists. Writers like Stephen King or Tom Clancy were fabulously successful for basically writing crap that could be turned into movies, and this move thing is what made them so rich. Today, the king of crap writing is a queen and her name is J.K. Rowling. I have read all of the Harry Potter books, watched none of the movies, and decided that I don't really like her stuff especially now that Dumbledore is gay.

I gave up writing after college and went on to other things. I would revisit my writing in my late twenties as I wrote a few bad stories on the weekends when I wasn't working. But my return to writing didn't really get going until I started visiting a few internet messageboards and became a bit of a sensation under a pseudonym handle. I was a minor celebrity sort of like the sportscaster at the local TV station. It wasn't ESPN or Monday Night Football, but I was a thing. My messageboards were attracted to me because I could actually write unlike most people on the internet, and I also had a message. I had some substance. Unfortunately, it was the wrong substance. I will now elaborate.

I had lost my faith in the Protestant Calvinist Christian faith I had in my twenties up until the tragic suicide of a friend and housemate which sent me down the Dark Path. By age 30, I was an atheist. I was not a militant atheist. That would come later. But I no longer believed in God which left a gigantic gaping hole in my worldview and mind. I was lost and drifting and had nowhere to turn. Without religion, I had to turn to philosophy for answers. I went back to the ancient Greeks and studied up on Plato, Epicurus, Aristotle, and the rest. But the lifestyle and mindset that attracted me most was the Stoic lifestyle. I read a lot of Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius who were all Romans. This makes sense in hindsight because the Stoic path was very similar to the Christian path. It hit a nerve with me and also others.

Basically, I took Stoic philosophy and made it accessible to regular people. When you read Stoic writings, they are both challenging and comforting. I still quote those guys, and they still influence me today though I reject those parts that are in conflict with the Catholic faith. The gist of Stoicism is that there are some things in our control and other things that are not. In a world that is often unpleasant, you should make for yourself an inner fortress of tranquility and try not to be disturbed by the unpleasantness of life or being taken captive by the pleasures of life. It is a nice theory if you can pull it off, but no one has ever done it. Nevertheless, in the post-9/11 world, such teachings became very popular. People were upset, and I gave them comfort.

I had achieved minor fame because of this. Had I stuck with this, I would have been Tim Ferriss today. So, why didn't I stick with the Stoic thing? 9/11 should give you the answer. In the aftermath of that disaster, I was all about being resilient and honorable and all of that. I think many people were like that. Consequently, the federal government took advantage of that impulse to honor and patriotism to roll back our liberties with things like the Patriot Act. By the time the second Iraq War took off, I was going down a libertarian path.

The problems with Stoicism are twofold. The first problem is that the ideal of the Stoic sage can never be attained. The Stoics themselves admitted this. To put this in a practical way, if you saw some Islamist Musloid terrorist types brutally gang rape, torture, and murder your daughter, you are not going to be tranquil in that moment. If you are, you're not human. You are a robot. Humans feel emotions and always will. This is how God made us. We can't unmake it.

The second problem is that Stoics are easily duped. They are wedded to a devotion to loyalty and honor but divorced from a greater moral context. It doesn't matter if the battle is just or unjust so long as you act in an honorable way. This is the dilemma of soldiers tasked to fight in wars that are more about oil company profits than patriotism. Theirs is not to wonder why but merely to do and die. That little rhyme comes from Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade." I post it here for those who have never read it:
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
   Someone had blundered.
   Theirs not to make reply,
   Theirs not to reason why,
   Theirs but to do and die.
   Into the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
   Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
   Rode the six hundred.

Flashed all their sabres bare,
Flashed as they turned in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
   All the world wondered.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right through the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reeled from the sabre stroke
   Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not
   Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
   Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell.
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
   Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
   All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
            Noble six hundred!
The Light Brigade poem is about a group of dutiful British soldiers sent to their certain doom. Tennyson praises their Stoicism, but the rest of the world wonders about their common sense. Essentially, it is a poem about the virtue of blind loyalty. The problem is that blind loyalty is blind, and there are those who are all too willing to take advantage of that loyalty. In terms of war, this would be the military-industrial complex who trade human life for financial profits. But for me, the battle was more close to home.

I was questioning the blind loyalty thing, but certain family members were eating it up. I will not elaborate beyond that as I keep my family matters as private as I can. The gist of it is that I acted honorably towards my family, and they acted dishonorably towards me. I was a dupe, and they nearly destroyed me. When I came out of that, I was a changed man stripped of my Stoicism.

I believe in loyalty, but I do not believe in blind loyalty. I will defend my country, but I will not help my country in genocide of a race like the Jews in World War II. Likewise, I will help my family, but I am not going to help them destroy themselves or me.

What is the difference between a Stoic and a Christian? I can go on and on with an extensive list, but I will cut to the most practical difference. Stoicism makes supreme moral demands upon oneself and virtually none on others. You can see the formula for disaster already. I became the loyal son to a family of scumbags who always did right by them and never judged them for anything. What a fool that I was. That was God's chastisement on me for becoming an atheist, so I am not bitter about it. I deserved it.

My family would love to have that stupid person back, but they killed him. They are evil people, and I leave it to God to judge them for that evil. They will pay for all the things they have ever done to me or anyone else. They need to repent and ask for God's forgiveness and diligently seek conversion. They need to do penance. Will they do this? Of course not. I pray for their souls, but I will not be surprised to see them burning in Hell.

I apologize for this digression down memory lane. So, I was a writer about Stoicism until my family beat it out of me, and I transmogrified into a militant angry selfish atheist and a libertarian. I was reading Ayn Rand, Murray Rothbard, and others. This turn cost me my Stoic fans, and I didn't care. I was mildly popular before this turn. I became insanely popular after this turn. It was a strange thing for me. I did not understand it. As time went on and I found myself repeatedly banned from the messageboards, I turned to blogging at the suggestion of a reader. I was still using my pseudonym, but the popularity of my first blog was intense. Unfortunately, the character that I played on the internet was not actually me. It was a caricature of me.

I always draw the parallel of my blogging with the rock band KISS who wore makeup, removed the makeup, and went back into makeup. When I was anonymous, I felt like an invincible god of the internet. This would explain the problem of trolls. People do things while anonymous they would never do while identified. Either way, I felt strongly that I should stop being a character and be myself. So, I dropped the handle, and Charlie's Blog was born.

Unlike KISS, things went better for me when I unmasked. Was I the same person? Yes and no. With the handle, it was like a schizophrenic dual personality. I became unified when I stopped being that part I was playing. My online persona became nicer while my real life persona became meaner. The result was that the popularity I enjoyed online manifested itself in the real world. It was surreal.

The popularity thing was a real phenomenon for me. I didn't understand it at the time, but I understand it completely now. When I was in high school, I had no friends. I was religious, but this isolated me from my peers. I never fit in, and I was glad to graduate. Things became a little better in college, but I was basically a loser and a loner for most of my life. When I became an atheist, this all changed. The world fell in love with me.

I am reminded of Satan offering the world to Jesus in exchange for Jesus bowing down to him. Of course, Jesus told the Devil to go piss up a rope, but we do glean an important fact. The world was for the Devil to give to whom he chooses.

My gospel of atheism and liberty was an absolute winner with people, and they ate it up. And even those who rejected the message still loved me out of admiration and envy. It was sick. I went from being trash to treasure in so many eyes. Whether in cyberspace or in meatspace, I was a rock star. The message resonated with many people. May God forgive me for ever spreading that garbage.

The massive popularity and magnetism I possessed was the Devil's payoff to me. I never had it before because I was Christian. When I became a Catholic Christian, that popularity turned off rapidly. I went from treasure back to trash where I remain to this day. The world is not interested in Jesus Christ.

I am not an atheist or a libertarian anymore. I am a Catholic and a conservative. Both of those things have brought me hatred and ridicule, and I am more unpopular now than when I was a Protestant. Had I not converted, I would certainly have become more depraved than I was and more popular as a result. The lesson I learned from all of this is that if the world loves you then you are doing something wrong. If the world hates you, you are doing something right. The world belongs to the Devil.

I do not belong to the Devil. I turned my back on him and renounced his empty show. But that whole episode revisits me now as I struggle with my place and role as a writer. This crisis rages within me as I wonder why I bother continuing as a writer. It is also why you may surf here occasionally to see the C-blog missing. I often resolve to end the blogging as a waste of time as I struggle internally with what I conclude is a waste of time.

I miss the popularity. I liken it to going from being a rock star to becoming a classical guitarist. The music has gotten way better, but the audience has vanished. Talk about a trade off! In a just and ordered world, Andres Segovia would have been bigger than KISS. But as I said, the world belongs to the Devil.

I can never be popular like that again. When I became Catholic, the world spit in my face. This begs the question. Why keep writing things no one cares to read?

I love Andres Segovia. Most people have never heard of him. His music is exquisite. Is it exciting? Of course not. And that, Gentle Reader, is where we come to the crux of the matter. Rock and roll is exciting but empty. Classical music is fulfilling but not thrilling. And so, I toss at you Ace Frehley's Fractured Mirror. It is a beautiful piece of music played by a rock and roll guitarist. If you removed the second guitar, bass, and drums, you could see someone like Segovia playing it. If anything, the rock parts ruin what is a fine piece of music. I cite this tune as a demonstration of the conflict between playing for God and playing for the Devil. Ace would revisit the work and rework it numerous times. In its various forms, Fractured is awesome music, and I hear in it an unfulfilled ambition of Ace Frehley to be an awesome musician. Instead, he became a clown in makeup. On the flip side, here is a combox comment from someone who took a different path:
I was 19 in 1989, in college, and was playing electric guitar. I took a music appreciation class, and there was a woman in her 80s who took the class just to learn more about music. She very generously brought 2 Segovia cassette tapes to class for me to take home and listen to. I had never heard of him. I, naturally, was immediately blown away. I bought every recording I could find. I switched to classical guitar and never looked back. I owe so much to Segovia, and to that woman. I wish that I could have thanked her.
This guy took a different path. At 19, you could see he wanted to be a rock and roll guy with his electric guitar. But he shunned it to become a real guitarist instead.

This ties back into my now being a writer of things unread. It is not an issue of talent but substance. My popularity as a blogger came from writing things people wanted to read. The problem was that it was garbage in the same way that popular music is garbage. To write things of substance, I have to accept the fact that the world is going to hate me for it.

I miss being popular, but I see this as evil and demonic now. My blog is an attachment to sin in this regard. Going for the nuclear option is a way to destroy this attachment to sin, but this leaves me with the issue of being a writer. I write. It is what I do, and writing is not sinful. If it was, how would we have the Bible, the Summa of Aquinas, or the Catechism? And writing for the internet is not sinful as I read many of these sources and others on the internet. My answer to this dilemma is the Segovia Option.

If you are a vain rock star grappling with pride, the answer is to hang up the electric guitar and pick up the classical guitar and commit to beautiful music that will be played in much smaller venues. This is the essence of the Segovia Option. You commit to the true, the good, and the beautiful with no regard to acclaim, fame, Facebook likes, and all the rest. These things are worth pursuing for their own sake even if the whole world hates it.

In my exercise of the Segovia Option, I am simply going to keep doing what I do except I am going to accept and even take enjoyment from my unpopularity. I am rewiring my brain. I used to think that if the world loved you that you were doing something right. This was a huge mistake on my part. If the world loves you, you are doing something wrong. Conversely, if the world hates you, then you are doing something right. I like being a writer of things unread because it means I am doing something right.

The world is stupid. It would rather listen to rap crap than Segovia. The good, the true, and the beautiful are reserved for the few. And this is something I need to never forget.


SOC 23

If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.

A co-worker of mine was suspended for using his smartphone while driving a company vehicle. Both hands and both eyes were on the device while the vehicle was moving. All of this was captured on camera. Of course, he shouldn't feel so bad. I see the same behavior by countless others during my commute. Smartphones truly make you dumb. They can also make you truly dead.

I share this tale as I contemplate another lost weekend to Twitter. I am so disgusted with myself that I have deleted my Twitter and GAB accounts for the umpteenth time. I also wanted to nuke my entire online presence, but I have relented. I am now in a more reflective and calmer mood about the whole thing as I consider my online presence.

Blogs are old news. They were a thing until about 2005 when social media took over. Blogs are for people who can write and actually read. Social media is for everyone else. I must also come to grips with the fact that I will remain an infinitesimal speck in the cyberuniverse. As such, I have simplified a bit here at the C-blog and now accept my permanent status in the backwaters of the internet. I am condemned to be a writer of things unread.

I blame writing for a lot of wasted time, but writing is taking the blame for social media's crimes. I spend more time on Twitter than on this blog. When I deleted my Twitter account, I write more and better. When I resurrect my acccount, the writing slides over the edge of the cliff. At least Ernest Hemingway was drunk when he was away from the typewriter.

I see two paths before me. One path is the loud life. This was my life before becoming Catholic. Gene Simmons from KISS is the epitome of the loud life. He is iconic, opinionated, and relentlessly self-promoting. Once upon a time, he was a hero of mine. Now, I find him ridiculous. By extension, I look at my old self as being also equally ridiculous.

The quiet path is best exemplified by Saint Joseph. Joseph was blue collar and the strong silent type. He didn't say much. He wrote nothing that exists today. He just worked hard and looked out for his family. Saint Joseph was not a self-promoter.

The loud path is the way of the rock star. The quiet path is the way of the saint. No one wants the quiet path. Everyone wants to be a rock star. Thanks to social media, everyone can be a rock star in their way. And if they can't be a rock star, they will settle for being rich. It is a great deal of vanity and self-seeking.

I am already on the quiet path. I don't want to be a rock star anymore. The loud path leads to self-destruction and Hell. This begs a certain question. Can you be a quiet blogger? I think it is possible in the same way that a wannabe rock musician can end up being a high school music teacher and a church pianist.

What we are dealing with here is pride and humility. It may help to consider the teachings of Saint Josemaria on the issue of materialism. He recalled a beggar who had a nice spoon which he practically worshiped as an idol. He contrasted this with a rich woman who was indifferent to her wealth and was known for charity and generosity. What matters most is the interior disposition concerning such things.

Is it possible to be a humble rock star? I think so. Conversely, one can also be a proud plumber. Ego can emerge anywhere. Humility is to be practiced in your station in life wherever you may find yourself. Granted, it is easier to be humble when you are poor and unknown. But it is more praiseworthy to be humble when you are rich and famous. And it is laughable to be proud when you are poor and unknown, and this is seen daily on Facebook. Facebook is the vanity parade of the nobodies.

I am a nobody. I think I have always wanted to be a somebody, but I have been blessed by God by ending up as a nobody. Of course, no one counts a blessing when it looks like a curse, but I am old enough to know better now.

The siren song thing has been on my brain lately. For those who are unfamiliar, Homer tells the story in the Odyssey of the sirens who would sing a lovely tune that men found irresistible. Drawn to the song, they would sail into the rocks and certain doom. To prevent these from happening, the men aboard Odysseus's ship stopped up their ears in order to not hear the song. Then, Odysseus was tied to the mast, so that he could hear the song but be powerless to move towards the temptation.

I see siren songs in many places in present society. The most obvious one is the student loan bubble where young people are drawn in by the promises offered by colleges of having good jobs when they graduate from their institutions. That is the siren song. The rocks are when they graduate into lousy jobs and debt slavery. Yet, these hapless fools keep piling into these schools and into those rocks. Why do they do it?

Another example of the siren song is Hollywood where kids, young men, and young women go to become rich and famous in movies and television. The reality is they become prey for sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein that use their ambitions to exploit them for sex. All of these aspiring stars could just get back on the bus and head back to Nebraska. Yet, they stay to be raped and sodomized. Why do they do it?

Young people decide they want to become professional athletes, and it all seems great until they run into the wall where the sport demands that they use performance enhancing drugs or get out of the sport because they can no longer compete. They could always leave the sport, but they choose to destroy their bodies and risk their reputations later in scandal like Lance Armstrong. Why do they do it?

The reason why they do it is obvious. The alternative is to be a nobody. You go home and wait tables at Waffle House or try and get a job at the factory. Or you learn a trade like welding or HVAC. Or you become a homemaker. Regardless of what they do, they know that the life ahead back home is to be relatively poor and unknown. So, they go for the awesome life they dream about in their heads. A handful make it because you need a few successes to bait the trap for the suckers. But most of those lured into the trap will be worse off than if they had chosen to be ordinary people.

I hate dreams because I see them for what they are. They are the songs of the sirens that sound so sweet but leave you in such misery. I'm old enough now to have built up enough wax in my ears to shut out the siren songs. The antidote to the siren song is to embrace being an ordinary person.

I have lost count of the numbers of times I have been offered promotions at various workplaces. Climbing the corporate ladder is a siren song. I took one of those promotions one time which lead to two years of regret. I made some money which I saved to fund my exit out of that hell. I didn't know what I would do, but I knew I didn't want to be in management anymore. Now, I realize the way to go is to be a blue collar guy and learn some skills and have a work ethic. Your ultimate ambition is to become self-employed or run your own small business. It is a modest path and no one's dream. But it beats the hell of Corporate America and the Machievellian machinations and shadiness of middle and upper management. Granted, a few make it to the top rungs of the ladder where they make the big bucks. But that ladder tapers meaning that the majority must fall to their peril at some rung or another. And if you camp out on a lower rung, you will be undercut by those below you with greater ambitions.

I've remained blue collar, and I have lost count of the number of managers I have seen fired out of their jobs. Some of them deserved it. Others did not. It didn't matter. We have a saying at work. If you want to get fired, get promoted first. The surest way to end your career in termination is to be ambitious. It is sad, but it is what it is. As for me, I never take the bait. I learned the lesson long ago the hard way, and I see it repeated every few months as others crash into the rocks.

I have this funny saying. A winner is a cheater that never got caught. I came up with it after Lance Armstrong got caught. Now, I do variations of it. A rich man is a thief that never got caught. A politician is a crook that never got busted. A famous actress is a whore who banged the right dude. We can go on and on. It sounds like sour grapes, but I don't mean it to sound that way. it is just the cynicism that comes from seeing various sectors turned into networks of corruption. Aside from a few honest exceptions, the vast majority of rich, famous, and successful people had to do disgusting, unethical, immoral, and even criminal things to get where they are. It is a depressing fact of life for people with dreams, but a reassuring truth to those of us who had their dreams shattered and replaced with Nebraska.

I love Nebraska. I've never been to the actual state of Nebraska, but I use the name of the state to represent the ordinary life of regular Americans who work for a living. I always imagine Nebraska is the state that all the Brad Pitt lookalikes in Hollywood are trying to escape. Nebraska is also incredibly boring in comparison to California or the Big Apple.

I actually live in South Carolina which is Nebraska in a different spot on the map. Pick any part of Flyover Country, and you are in Nebraska. I lived in Florida for awhile which is a lot more happening than either South Carolina or Nebraska. I like to visit there, but I made peace with South Carolina some years ago. Florida left a scar on me. That scar was the indelible knowledge that it doesn't make much difference where you live.

I don't think moving makes a lot of difference in your life. Others will disagree, but those people are wrong. Every place you go has its pluses and its negatives. Sometimes, you have to go places to place specific things. For instance, you aren't going to be much of a surfer in Ohio. You have to go to Cali or Hawaii for that. But for most everything else, you can do it right where you are at. My hero on this is Jack White who did his thing in Detroit, Michigan. No one thinks of Detroit as a musical mecca like Nashville or Los Angeles because it isn't. It didn't matter. Musically, Detroit is an out of the way place. I like out of the way places.

I had a thing for Asheville, NC because it is a pretty place, but I have gotten over it. The town is full of hippies attracted to the same things I'm attracted to. The sad reality is that Asheville is a pretty place with no decent jobs. Asheville is a geographic siren song. If you like cleaning hotel rooms and living in poverty out of a VW van, you will like Asheville,

The serenity of the mountains will draw you to Asheville. The stench of the hippies will make you leave. Asheville isn't the only town like this. Boulder, CO, Eugene, OR, and Burlington, VT, are virtually identical in attracting pothead stoner hippies where hygiene and employment are optional things. The thing that turns a town into a hippie magnet is to have free natural attractions like mountains and streams that hippies love to ruin with their presence. This means you are probably better off living in a boring place which is usually where you are at already.

This is why I don't really care about places. The upside of living where I am at now is that I know where everything is at, and I don't have to change my driver's license. I believe that the USA is 90% boring while the rest of the world is 90% cesspool. As for the awesome places to live, virtually everyone there had the same idea as you which automatically makes it a bad choice.

Robert A. Heinlein wrote a science fiction novel about time travel a long time ago called The Door Into Summer. I read it when I was a teenager, and I can't even remember the story. But I always remembered the title because it came from a cat who hated winter. The cat would go to a door and find snow outside. So, he would go to some other door in the house expecting a summer day on the other side. The stupid cat couldn't figure out that it was winter behind every door. Somehow, one of those doors was going to be the door into summer.

This is what I think when people move to some other place in the country expecting it to be radically different from the place they left. The reality is that it isn't different at all. Granted, North Dakota freezes solid in the winter while Arizona is dry as hell itself. But for the most part, both places are the same with people working their jobs and doing their thing. People move mostly because they desire the exotic, but they end up with the sameness that is virtually everywhere.

This brings me back to Nebraska. I don't mean the state so much as the state of being. I think people should learn to like Nebraska and make the best of it. Once you love Nebraska, you don't need Hawaii or Hollywood. I've learned to love where I'm at with all of its pluses and minuses. It all works out to being the same to me.