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September 2017

A Few Reasons Why NFL and NBA Players Need to Take the Knee

If you've noticed the irony of Donald Trump's discourse concerning the recent NFL players form of silent protest against racism and inequity, then you are probably getting chills. We are on the brink of a possible conflict with North Korea, an authoritarian regime that requires citizens to literally worship public symbols. Is it not ironic that Donald Trump is demanding the same kind of subservience? Does his propensity for illogical and hypocritical thinking not raise a red flag? (no charge for the pun) NFL player Colin Kapernick's protest is a way for him to express his dissatisfaction with a country that he believes has failed to protect the Civil Rights of many of its citizens of color.

Symbols are an important way for people to express unity and peace, but when symbols oppress rather than free citizens, the feelings of nostalgia and unity are reversed. Forcing anyone to say a pledge or stand during a ceremony is useless if the person being forced has become disenchanted with what the symbol represents. It is best to observe who is feeling disenchanted and why, and then try to make corrections that will bring this segment of the society back into a state of political harmony.

It is typical of Trump to turn to capitalist notions of who owes what to whom in order to argue his point. But what he is forgetting is that citizens are free to protest in a peaceful way. By calling players "son of a bitches" and demanding they be fired, he is alienating his office (the most prominent symbol of American freedom) from even more politically active citizens. Instead of shouting down threats from his public platform, he should instead be asking what he can do to restore unity and harmony to the political and cultural landscape.

Because Trump, and people that share his bigoted beliefs, will never consider making adjustments to the decisive and unjust speech and actions that they support, every free-thinking person should take a knee. Free expression and the right to peacefully demonstrate a dislike for egregious public policies must continue to be a mainstay of American civil service. When people like Trump speak out against this kind of protest by referencing the military and first responders, they are trying to guilt the populace into submission. This is a tactic that the military and all public servants should reject as illogical and immoral. The American military is not in place to subject its citizens to tyranny, but instead to protect the freedom to dissent.

Rejecting a symbol is a tangible way to express dissatisfaction with the entity that it represents. 

Five Things Not To Do When The Hot Water Goes Out

I can't complain about not having hot water when so many of my neighbors are homeless after Harvey. Just down the street and around the corner a whole neighborhood was flooded and now everyone that had a second floor is living upstairs. The houses are gutted and the trash is outside in big piles. My problems are just not that pressing or important.

But I can tell you a few things not to do with your hot water heater if it starts to leak or fail.

  1. Make sure your heater has on and off taps at the service line. My service line started to leak, and the whole house had to go without water until the guy came to replace the hose.
  2. When the guy comes to replace the hose, make sure he replaces BOTH of them. If one failed, then the other is not far behind.
  3. Your hot water heater will have a gas valve. Make sure you don't drop the valve handle down in a crack where you can't find it. 
  4. Never hook your dryer hose to the base of your hot water heater. That's just a dumb way to do things. What if you have a lint fire and the gas supply is right there? 
  5. When you call to get help, don't mention that you have an aversion to cold water and that you're just sitting around in your coffee clothes, unless you are young and beautiful. People will always take that the wrong way even if you were just trying to highlight how inconvenient it is to start your day without hot water.

That's how Monday is looking right now. Inconvenient, cloudy, and not that productive.