Ramblings from an Artist ~ DR

Family doesn’t come with a free lunch

Here I am thirty-thousand feet above ground on a flight to Kansas City. I started flying for business on and off since I was in my early twenties. In those days, President Clinton was wolfing down on Big Macs and Monica Lewinski. The friendly skies had more to offer than just peanuts and a half can of soda.

Most airlines in the late 90’s offered sandwiches and other semi edible snacks. Some airlines even had a feature where you could order ahead and get a turkey sandwich instead of ham. With all those little airport elves making rations for the airlines customers, I wonder where those jobs went as the economy slid into extra fees for luggage and love handles.

I had a peculiar incident happen this past week with a relative who got themselves into a bind with past troubles. Instead of asking for help, they decides to accuse, threaten and hold another close family member to me, ransom unless I paid X amount of money by a certain date. How does this correlate with my introspective views towards the decline of airline service and Americas economy? The days of free sandwiches are over. And no, you can’t keep the other half can of soda the flight attendant have you.

Airline corporations are advertising that the customer are “family” to them. The pre recorded message you are inundated with speaks of gratitude for choosing us and a special thanks to platinum members, and a real special thanks to you the true member of the family. I’ve never seen corporations as family to America. Corporate boards consist of inhuman beings who charge you for being overweight or carrying one *extra* piece of luggage isn’t what I consider family. Unless the irony pertaining to my certain situation with my relative went overhead, there certainly are no free lunches these days.

Abuse pertaining to abuse

Whenever I log into Facebook I’m noticing a trend in animal adoption and or abuse posts. Save this poor little pup or this guy beat this poor little cat to death, that guy deserves the death penalty. I have very close friends who advocate the health and welfare of animals and their front page is filled with shared snippets. But when does the easy button become too easy to pass along these heart wrenching things and miss out on a more important issue? It seems as if people’s philanthropy has shifted to animals and not more important issues as child abuse.

Nothing aggravates me more than someone who uses their philanthropic energy to a lesser cause. Its not enough that there are children born to one parent who usually are raised by the grandparents. Other children who never have a shot at a decent life deserve more attention than any animal, right? Being a true pragmatist, ill explain why this could save society from zombie walking media driven robots. 

People take care of animals, its a billion dollar industry. Most pets are either adopted or rescued with and alarming rate of puppy and kitten farms on the rise. The staggering number of cats outweigh dogs in North America 15-1. Theres not possibly enough homes for all these animals. If you compare that to child neglect and abuse in America, its only a fraction. When did peoples attention shift from Sally Strothers to the sad commercials of Sarah Mcglaughlin singing arms on an angel? 

If people were more apt to focus on children as they do saving animals, this would complete the cycle of development in this world. The child gets the attention needed to promote security and self love and turn around to give it to the animal in question. Its pretty simple in my mind but very hard to logistically maneuver. It could start by saving your share button for a different type of awareness for starters.

Dont mistaken me for a cold hearted anti animal lover. The day I became a father is the day that I realized how important humans are over any other form of life on earth due to the power we have over the cycle of life. Of course if you have a  perfectly fine and healthy child, your part time philanthropy can be used for anything else. But for the guy who has to filter through your Facebook posts for the *important* things, try to be cognizant of your sensitive pals out there. 

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Really digging this purse.

Really digging this purse.

The good lord sent me

Just checked out an anti liberal page. I belong to an anti conservative page. The comparisons are similar. The one thing I never grew up with or had to do was go to church, attend chatachism or study the bible.

It’s odd how one party makes religion it’s foundation while the other is more based on humanity through one’s own trials. I never found myself saying “geez, maybe Jesus wouldn’t want me doing this” or “golly, I might break the second commandment if I do this”
Matter of fact, I get a sick feeling when someone brings up a hardcore stance on the bible and starts to preach.

I’ve always depended on myself and looked within my own soul to walk the path I have. I’ve met many good people who’s faith is blindly devoted to the bible. You know what? They have the same trials and tribulations that I do. Some of them lost their lives to drugs or children have died. They pick up the bible and roll that stone.

What my soul tells me is to listen to the chatter of others that walk this earth and to pay attention to the aura’s of them. Pretty sure it’s not up to me to tell them where they are heading or if they are good or evil. I keep that inside.

I don’t know what it’s like to have to go to church or have to give tithes or be saved so I can move on in the after life. I do believe in this: I’ve been here before because I know too much (when I search) I’ve seen these situations before (cause I remember) and if I complete what I’m here for, I won’t be back. Until then, all the answers are inside me. I won’t have to wait until Sunday.

aljazeeraamerica:

Twenty years on, NAFTA still stings in Ypsilanti, Mich.

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Some 20,000 people once worked in the auto industry in and around this Michigan city, 35 miles west of Detroit. Today perhaps 2,000 people do.
The impact of that change is obvious to even the casual visitor. Downtown businesses are boarded up, the parks and recreation department has a budget of $0, and empty, decrepit factory buildings stand as monuments to another time.
Retired Ypsilanti autoworker Bob Bowen is from that era, and even now he and people like him are fiercely proud of the car industry that once defined the town. They don’t take kindly to foreign cars on their turf.
“I don’t dislike the Mexican workers,” Bowen said as he glanced at a parked Ford Fiesta, a car made in Mexico. “But why can’t we make them here?”

Read more
Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

aljazeeraamerica:

Twenty years on, NAFTA still stings in Ypsilanti, Mich.

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Some 20,000 people once worked in the auto industry in and around this Michigan city, 35 miles west of Detroit. Today perhaps 2,000 people do.

The impact of that change is obvious to even the casual visitor. Downtown businesses are boarded up, the parks and recreation department has a budget of $0, and empty, decrepit factory buildings stand as monuments to another time.

Retired Ypsilanti autoworker Bob Bowen is from that era, and even now he and people like him are fiercely proud of the car industry that once defined the town. They don’t take kindly to foreign cars on their turf.

“I don’t dislike the Mexican workers,” Bowen said as he glanced at a parked Ford Fiesta, a car made in Mexico. “But why can’t we make them here?”

Read more

Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

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