Ever Have a Visceral Reaction to Something?

August 23, 2017

“Wednesday’s child is full of woe…”    

            

via Daily Prompt: Visceral

{This happens to be my all-time favorite album by any artist, bar none–and, I’ve never been an Elvis fan–ever! }

 

        

 

[The first song on this album says it all, where this subject is concerned.]   

      

  One Definition of Visceral:  An emotional reaction

 

   Ever see or hear something that just made your ‘insides’ tense up, and that caused a feeling of nausea, disgust or revulsion?   I’m sure most, if not all of us have, at one time or another.  It might be the sight of something that repels us, such a a yellow school bus.  Or, it might be something we hear that causes a deeply emotional reaction within us, such as the sound of a school bell ringing    lol.  Or it might be some smell, or aroma, that creates that type of emotional reaction within us, like the scent of certain colognes  …such as “Eau de Pepe le Pew”!  It causes us to react in a certain way without even having to think about it.

    For instance, one thing that causes a visceral reaction in me, especially these days, has to do with the distortion of facts, and just plain old outright lies I hear being spoken on cable news channels by those who are attempting to defend the downright indefensible.  More often than not I know the facts, and know they are readily available to one and all who care to take the time to learn them.  

       Yet, as I watch those news shows on which one side is pitted against the other, for the sake of ‘airing both points of view’, and especially if the subject is political, I am subjected to listening to those people spewing out contrary ‘facts’, which are so obviously false.   It’s maddening to me!  Mainly because the show’s ‘moderator’ just allows the false information to pass on by with little to no information being offered in order to refute the lies, and firmly establish the truth!

         Talk about having a visceral reaction: as I am hearing those distortions, and/or outright lies, being offered up in defense of some political point of view, I’ve come very close to throwing something at the tv screen while listening to it all!   Yet, as soon as that began to happen with me, with my blood pressure more than likely shooting through the roof, I knew it was time to stop fearing that I would miss something vital that was going on in the world if I changed the channel, and simply CHANGE THE CHANNEL!   

        As soon as I did that, though, this feeling of calmness literally swept over me, and I realized that my muscles were relaxing, and my breathing was slowing down.  Both of which helped to spare the flat screen tv from being taken to the junk yard after having some foreign object removed from it!  At first I had to take stock of those visceral feelings, and continue to try and get passed them as I watched a house flipping show, or some cooking show, etc.  

       My mind kept wandering back to what had upset me in the first place, which threatened to derail my attempt to get over being so upset!  Then, I had to try and wrestle against the idea that I was somehow being neglectful of my ‘duty’ as an American citizen by not watching the news shows–it was a genuine struggle for me!

   The best solution I finally hit on actually fits me to a “T”.  I began with starting up my computer, and getting online.  I’d leave the tv on, but not tuned into any 24 hr. cable news channel, or more often I’d mute the sound, so I could still see if any alerts were issued.  Then, I’d busy myself by reading about the latest “current events”, or watching a video on what had recently occurred.  Once I’d done that I found a way to post comments on each situation on other people’s blog posts, or message boards on the subject[s], which, in my point of view, was me doing my ‘bit’ for humanity, I guess.  Being able to ‘set the record straight’ in some form or fashion, went along way to alleviating those feelings of helplessness I’d felt while being merely a spectator to the travesty taking place right before my very eyes on that tv screen!

        At least my being able to voice my own views based on the facts I’d learned helped me to feel useful.  In my view, it definitely beat sitting and watching one interior decorating show, or house flipping show, or cooking show [in which we are taught how to make a super-delicious side of ‘smashed potatoes’]–[thinking about that just made me hungry!], after another, after another!  Or, watching one terrific old movie after another, as much as I love them!

   However, I lay the blame for what’s happened in cases like mine, directly at the feet of those in control of the content of those cable news outlets.  They definitely could go along way to ending those mindless, mind-numbing, needless ‘debates’, in which one left-leaning politico verbally spars with a right-leaning politico, during which one, or both politicos manage to leave certain known facts in the dust while in, apparently, blind pursuit of defending their ‘side’ literally ‘to the death’.  It’s the ‘twisted facts’, and outright lies that come out of their mouths, during their enthusiastically offered verbal defenses of their ‘side’, [that cause such stomach-churning reactions on my part], that are so outrageous!  

         They need to be immediately countered with the known FACTS, by the show’s moderator.  That would, of course, end their little ‘debate’, because it would put a stop to the lies being passed off as truths.  That at least would end the torment that the lying, and twisting/spinning of the truth [until it’s nearly unrecognizable] causes me to experience!  One reason it causes that heartfelt reaction in me is simple:  it’s because, all I can do is sit and listen to it all, but I can never actually counter what’s being said, myself, due to it being a “One Way” street–they are on tv, and they can’t hear a word I say!  

         Therefore, if the show’s moderator just sits there and allows lies to be passed off as truth, and the distortions being interjected into the narrative to help the liar defend his/her ‘indefensible’ political position, or elected ‘hero’, it makes me sick at my stomach, since I can’t step in there and speak the truth of the matter[s] based on genuine evidence to the contrary.  

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:”

[Isaiah 1:18 KJV]

[Amen!]

        And, believe me, that type of evidence really does exist, yet it’s not given it’s rightful due–which is why, now, I literally flee from those 24 hr. cable news outlets.  I still need to deal with the fact that I continually fear that, by not watching them, something might happen that is very serious, and I won’t hear about it until much later.  Which leaves me just hoping that it won’t mean I’ve learned about it too late!

   On the bright side in all of this:  I have been learning lots of things I hadn’t previously known, though, by either being on the computer, or by watching other types of cable shows that have nothing at all to do with ‘world politics’, or politics altogether, and, for that alone, I couldn’t be more grateful!  

   When I thought, “My foot slips,”
      thy steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
19 When the cares of my heart are many,
    thy consolations cheer my soul.”                                                                                   
[Psalm 94:18,19 RSVCE]  

[Amen.] 

   “Respect other people’s feelings. It might mean nothing to you, but it could mean everything to them.”
~Roy T. Bennett~

                                                                                                                                                                

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“O Bury me not in the deep, deep sea…”

via Daily Prompt: Bury

July 12, 2017

“Wednesdays child is full of woe…”    

   “And, then,  on December 16, 1773, after being stood up by the Governor, who’d promised to meet with them concerning the repealing of the much-hated “Stamp Act” taxation on their tea, the group known as “The Sons of Liberty”, who had some now-famous American patriots with them, one of which was Paul Revere, and with local patriotic citizens helping them, dressed up as Mohawk Indians, then, under cover of darkness, they split up into 3 groups, each charged with one ship, and went aboard those ships filled with tea, and threw the tea into the waters of the Boston harbor.  No one was harmed, and only one was arrested.  The relationship between the British government, and the Colonies never recovered after that, and the First Continental Congress was formed, and met, about a year later…and, the rest is History.  More tea, children?”

Boston Tea Party picture by Sarony and Major, 1846                                                                                  

   “…A girl on shore, many tears will shed
For the one who lies on the ocean bed.
Above his heart the whale will hiss,
And his pallid lips the fish will kiss.”  ~George N. Allen~ 1850

                                        

So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of theLord, because he had told them.

11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, OLord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.

15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.

17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” [Jonah 1:7-17 KJV]

   I know the world seems filled to overflowing with misinformation, and downright lies, these days, including distorted information on groups such as the original “Sons of Liberty”.  Their chosen title came from a Irish-born Colonel named Isaac Barre`, who coined it while defending them in Parliament, who called them “…these sons of liberty…”.  And, yes, I know that even Johnny Tremain is a fictional character from a book by Esther Forbes.  However, there’s a big difference between what is termed, “literary license”, or even “artistic license”, and outright malicious spreading of falsehoods, that are among those the spreaders are guilty of, themselves.

   So, let me be among those who take absolute joy in burying at least some of those falsehoods.  I choose to focus on the hypocrisy of leftists who denounce the methods used by the “Sons of Liberty”. In the accounts of that early patriot organization I noticed that, in the beginning, their acts of defiance against the British government’s “Stamp Act” taxation reminded me of the shouts and slogans, and even the violent acts, of none other than those who now oppose this current Trump administration.  The proclamations of “resistance”, which included their usage of ‘mob rule’; the use of violent acts against anyone they perceived to be against what they believed was ‘right’; the use of fear-inducing methods such as ‘tar and feathering’, to intimidate their opposition.

 Methods were adopted by the group in order to try and gain what they wanted: an end to ‘Taxation without representation” by the British government.  It ended by bringing about the permanent split between the British crown, and the American colonists, and the beginning of the American Revolutionary War against Britain, with the American’s fighting for their right to rule themselves as a separate country from Britain.  Yet, those involved in the so-called ‘resistance’ to president Trump and his administration have adopted tactics so similar to those of the “Sons of Liberty”, it’s laughable to hear them also condemning those tactics when it comes to the “Sons of Liberty”.

 What I’m saying is: it’s time to bury the hypocrisy used by the leftists.  If those violent, vicious tactics were good enough to be used by them, then by definition they were good enough to be used by the first American patriot organization, fighting for liberty against the tyrannies of the British government.

   Here’s a perfect example of “the pot calling the kettle black”, in the case of a leftist tv personality:

  “I abhor hypocrisy.”~Don Lemon~
Really, Don?

  Here’s another example:

“I will use whatever position I have in order to root out hypocrisy. Democrats have strong moral values. Frankly, my moral values are offended by some of the things I hear on programs like ‘Rush Limbaugh,’ and we don’t have to put up with that.” ~Howard Dean~

Yet another “pot” calling “the kettle” black:

“The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right. And I think that Christian voters should start looking at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious issue that speaks to the culture of life.” ~Al Franken~

   “You’re sooo black!”      “So are you!!!”

 

   For the record:  I disapprove of all violent tactics used by any organization in pursuit of their desired goals, be they the ancient “Sons of Liberty”, or be they the democrat party ‘resistance’ to the Trump admin.  “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander”!

   “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” ~Joseph Campbell~

                                                                                                                                                                

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“Listen! Do You Want To Know A Secret? Do You Promise Not To Tell?…”

March 13, 2017

“Monday’s Child is fair of face…”       

“The north wind doth blow…”
by Mother Goose

The north wind doth blow,  
And we shall have snow,  
And what will the robin do then?  
Poor thing!

He will sit in a barn,  
And to keep himself warm,
Will hide his head under this wing.
Poor thing!       

 

       Dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ, today, tomorrow, and always, amen.   “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” {Luke 2:11 KJV}  

                     

 

 

   The asinine members of the ‘fake news’ press in this country are still at it–they don’t even try to hide the fact that they have thrown their lives in together with the ‘deep state’ one world govt. people, and everything that comes out of their mouths, and off their typewriters, points directly to whom it is they have staked their very futures, their very lives, on.  “Pravda” is a Russian word meaning “Truth”, yet their newspaper published during the Soviet Union years used to publish anything BUT the truth in their news stories about what went on in the rest of the world, and especially about what went on here in the U.S.  Yet, that’s exactly what papers like the NY Times, and all other major papers who’ve thrown in with the one world crowd have begun doing, and I think they are even better liars than were the Soviets!

                     

 

 

  {Just a little gratuitous video thrown in here to lighten things up.}

     “Well, she was just 17, you know what I mean…”

 

 

 

  “Believe you can and you’re halfway there. ~Theodore Roosevelt~

                                                                                                                                            

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“…and she keeps calling him back again…”

March 10, 2017

“Friday’s child is loving and giving…”                                            

 

 

  “I’ve just seen a face
I can’t forget the time or place
Where we just met
She’s just the girl for me
And I want all the world to see
We’ve met, mmm-mmm-mmm-m’mmm-mmm

Had it been another day
I might have looked the other way
And I’d have never been aware
But as it is I’ll dream of her
Tonight, di-di-di-di’n’di

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again

I have never known
The like of this, I’ve been alone
And I have missed things
And kept out of sight
But other girls were never quite
Like this, da-da-n’da-da’n’da

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again

I’ve just seen a face
I can’t forget the time or place
Where we just met
She’s just the girl for me
And I want all the world to see
We’ve met, mmm-mmm-mmm-da-da-da

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again
Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again
Oh, falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling
Me back again”

“I’ve Just Seen A Face”, by Paul McCartney 1965, “…briefly titled “Auntie Gin’s Theme” after his father’s youngest sister, because it was one of her favourites.”          {https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I’ve_Just_Seen_a_Face }

  “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.”
~Robert Frost~

 

                                                                                                                     

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A Little Bit Of Humor, If You Please…

 

  September 30, 2016 {edited on February 4, 2017 to replace videos that ‘went missing’ from YouTube.c0m}

      “Friday’s child is loving and giving…”

    Shall we have a little light, highbrow humor to brighten up our otherwise horrific political scene?   Sure–but, first, here’s the wonderful original Beatles, with their hit song, “Help!”:

          And, please, just one more Beatles song:

 

 

     We’ll start the comedy off  with a little bit of Dennis Miller’s rant  from June 1996:

 

     Here we have Dennis Miller’s rant on freedom of speech from a 2002 “Dennis Miller Live” show:

          Here is Dennis Miller in a 1996 HBO special :

       Here’s Dennis’s HBO show in 2003 :

     {   I need to warn you that, in spite of how things might look,  I am not politically affiliated.  I loathe politics and politicians.  However, I am affiliated with right, as opposed to wrong.  And, the globalists are attempting to dismantle the country that I love, which means that  I am automatically opposed to their agenda.}

 Dennis’s description of Nancy Pelosi is priceless, and so is the name by which one of his callers refers to Pelosi:

  A little more Dennis, if you please…

     And, here we go again…Dennis on free speech, and head-on with Bill Maher:

     Here we have Dennis speaking about his dinner with ‘Old Blue Eyes’ himself…

   Here’s Dennis speaking with Carlin on Dennis’s tv show back in 1998–whew, what a m0uth on that Carlin!

       Last but not least, Dennis in his first show after the disaster of 9-11-01:

 

    To wrap this up, here are the original Beatles performing their song, “The Things We Said Today”:

 

     “The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.”  ~Epictetus~
  “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”  ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt ~

                                                             

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