America is Getting Trumped

I read a tweet by George Takei saying that climate change, cilvil rights, LGBT, and healthcare pages have been removed from the whitehouse.gov web site.

Sure enough, many pages have been removed. Are we headed back to the ’50s and McCarthyism?

Check it out for yourself: Do a Google search for “civil rights site:whitehouse.gov.”

Here are some links that no longer work:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/civil-rights/selma?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email443-text1&utm_campaign=selma

https://www.whitehouse.gov/champions/LGBT-Pride-Month

I am profoundly disturbed! I don’t know what to do about this, but I feel like I should do something.  In lieu of something effective and active, I’m blogging about it.

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Our Twisted View of Gender Identity

OK! WTF is going on in western culture? Why do heterosexual men love to watch other men play with balls? And why do we consider this manly? What am I missing?

Face it: most men are little boys in adult bodies: never cleaning up after themselves, scared that they might actually be gay or not masculine enough, living in fear that they are not actually men.

I’m a man. There are those that would call me CIS male, though I do not accept that tag. I am, by behaviour, a practicing heterosexual. (Practice makes perfect, right!?!) My brother seems to enjoy telling me that I’m a woman, “Really butch, but a woman.” This doesn’t bother me at all! I have always preferred the company of women to that of men. I have no interest in manly stuff like sports or fighting or lying about sexual conquest. My wife tells me that I’m a lesbian. As much as I’d like to, I cannot embrace that identity as I have mixed chromosomes and male genitalia.

No one else can define me. I define myself. Every day! (Check out Stevie Boebi’s My Identity on YouTube.)

I believe there is no need to put other  people in Little Boxes that can’t contain them, anyway. If it helps you to think of people as being members of certain groups, stereotypes, or bents, then think it! But keep it to yourself. Let other people define themselves!

Finally, as far as worrying about your own identity (or identities), just be the best you you can: Love often and well; give others your best; be responsible for your own actions, and let worries take care of themselves!

With Love and Hope,
Stu…

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Tolerance: The Mantra of True Humans

Though I would never consider myself a humanist, I do believe I am a human. I like to think of myself as a human doing. (Human being sounds too passive to me!)

One attribute that I find in other humans that I love is tolerance. Allowing other people to be who they are; embracing the differences that keep us all from being clones and drones.

I will and do respect your culture, genetic heritage (race), religion, sexual orientation, gender identity. I will do my best to treasure every part of the complex concoction of traits that make you, wonderfully you! In short, I will love you the best I can.

I adore and respect SassiBob and Nixie Pixel. For me, both of these amazing, lovely humans represent the best in tolerance and promoting pure love for other humans. If you have the money and want to support great videos and wonderful people, consider giving to either SassiBob’s or Nixie’s Patreon campaigns!

Perhaps, it comes down to respect.  Movies, quotes and sound clips tend to talk about respect being earned, but I contend that respect is given. I will give anyone my respect, until they teach me that they don’t deserve it; and that doesn’t happen very often.

The simple aphorism: Live and let live sums it up pretty well. Allow other people to disagree with you, and let them have their opinions. (Remember, what other people think is just neurons firing inside their brains!)

Wishing you love, peace and the ability to love others and let them live in peace as well,
Stu…

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About me (more about me?)

This, being my personal blog, will be about me.  Today I downloaded some pictures from my camera and found one that describes my day yesterday (and my current life) very well. (So well, in fact I tweeted it, posted it to Facebook and Google+!)

Two laptops, a tablet and a high-chair

Two laptops, a tablet and a high-chair

How ’bout some history. What made me this way?

I was born in Owensboro, Kentucky near the end of the first year of the 1960s. When I was two, we moved to Lexington, Kentucky. First, we lived in the projects. Later the bank helped my parents by a house in the Southland-Deerfield-Open Gates area of Lexington.

By this time, I had both a sister (older) and a brother (younger). Much of what I remember about the 60s was going to the emergency room at St. Joe Hospital so my brother, Damon, could get stitches/the quarter removed from his ear/X-rayed and so on.

I do remember loving the Supermarionation TV show, Thunderbirds. I fact, my wife and I posited that much of my personality must have been formed watching this show! I still adore petite women (Tin Tin), am a nut for anything NASA or space-related, and try to help others.

Early on, I developed a passion for school and learning. (When I was three and my sister got to go to school while I had to stay home I was so jealous!) Two years later when I finally got to go, I discovered learning was my catnip! My love of learning is closely tied to my love of reading.

Thanks to the bookmobile and the wonderful lady that manned it, I was introduced to reading.  I started with the venerable Dr. Seuss and soon graduated to Gertrude Chandler Warner’s Boxcar Children, Surprise Island and Mikes Mystery. I was hooked!

We were a fairly normal, mildly dysfunctional American family. I sported the buzz cut, so popular in those days, and we took modest family vacations to Natural Bridge, Mammoth Cave, Boonesboro and other nearby places.

In the late 1960s, we got a tent camper! Too groovy! Hooked behind Dad’s 1969 Chevy Nova, we set out to explore Kentucky (and much of the South-East).

I recall going to Florida to see the then future home of Disney World. What I remember most is the animatronics display–that later became Flight to the Moon–where the robot holding a clipboard told us about what was being built. It was very impressive.

That same trip, we stopped by the Kennedy Space Center–at the height of the Apollo program–and checked out the awesomeness that was NASA. I have been, and am, so blessed!

In 1972, we moved from Lexington to Richmond, Kentucky. My father had finished his PhD. and taken the Chair position for Corrections at the College of Law Enforcement at EKU. I see it’s now the College of Safety and Justice.

Not too many years later, on another camping trip to Florida, I told my parents that I was going to grow my hair and start parting it in the middle. It seems that in 1974, this was a big deal!

Around this time, I traded by brother a backpack for his acoustic guitar. I taught myself to play using the three-chord booklet included with the guitar and my budding knowledge of music theory. By then, I had been playing trumpet for a few years and started attending Stephen Collins Foster Music Camp at Eastern Kentucky University.

I had some great times at Foster Camp! Learning about music and chasing girls suited me. Yep, a great way to spend four weeks of my summer!

Well, that’s bits of my history up to the mid 1970s. I’m tired. Perhaps I’ll do more later. For now, Imma publish this and call it a day!

Peace,
Stu…

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Stu’s Other Other Blog: The Introduction

Greetings from the bucolic urbaness of Lexington, Kentucky!

Recently on Twitter, I asked:

Well, this is that place: the answer. (Not to be confused with The Place!)

Soon, I’ll be blogging about personal stuff, whining about whatever makes me sad and attempting to flirt with most of the population of planet Earth.

I have long longed to write, but am way to lazy to make histories and back-stories for the characters in the novel I’ve been plotting for the last ten years. Being lazy and yet goal-oriented, I have written songs, poems, and (mostly) blog posts. Sometimes I write technology and computer directions for work, but I have not ventured into the abyss of writing a lengthy work of fiction. To quote the amazing Robert A. Heinlein,“Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.”

About me . . . hmmm . . . I read every day. I have an older pre-Fire Kindle and enjoy reading Spider Robinson, Robert A. Heinlein and an eclectic lot of other authors. One of my favorite books–yes the one I have made of trees–is The Cuckoo’s Egg, by Clifford Stoll. (I guess I identify with a Unix sysadmin nee astronomer living in Berkeley in the 80s: go figure!) Another favorite of mine is A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle.

I am currently reading R.A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land and will likely intertwine that with the SSL Server Rating Guide I downloaded from Qualys SSL Labs today.

I prefer off-beat fiction. From my perspective, if you’re going to read a Richard Bach book, skip Jonathan Livingston Seagull and try Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah!

Yeah, so to introduce myself as a writer, I spent too much time introducing myself as a reader. (It’s probably a good thing, because that’s how this blog is gonna be: Me getting distracted and rambling on about stuff tangentially related to the actual subject about which I purport to be writing!)

On yet another side note, my posts will contain Easter eggs.

For now, I’ll stop here. I gotta spend some time fixing my WordPress theme so the blog.php actually works the way I prefer. (It didn’t even include a single.php, and had no support for comments, when I wrote it two and a half years ago!)

Peace,
Stu…

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