As We Approach Election Day…

Regardless of your political views, participating in the voting process in any election period is and always should be considered important and serious business. We need to take voting and the voting process personally because the results of an election may on some personal level, affect each of us either directly or indirectly.

It has never been my style as a member of the electorate and certainly not as a non-candidate for political office, to ever tell other members of the electorate/other non-candidates whom or what to vote for or against. (I simply think that sort of thing is tacky.) However, there can be negative consequences when one either refuses or does not exercise his or her given right or privilege to vote. Voting in an election – which is a very simple yet silent exercise of free speech, is one of the American freedoms which no eligible and registered-to-vote citizen of the United States ever ought to take for granted.

With all of us having been bombarded with a shitload of political ads over the past six months or so (with many of them consisting of downright deceptions, lies, half-truths or exaggerations), I don’t see anything wrong with posting a little lite humor as Election Day 2018 approaches. This photo/meme I found on the web gave me a chuckle. I thought it reflected one humorous example – although a bit biased, of the negative consequences of not voting.

MEME_Humor (voting)I’m sure you already know and perhaps may have experienced a number of others.

Unless you’ve already voted early or voted absentee, I hope to see you at the polls Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

– RobFather X

Election Fight Night 2016 (2)

Seriously, many of you should not get so angry or upset about something over which you have no control. Within ten hours time (maybe less), some of us will be happy, some us will be unhappy and some of us will simply feel somewhere in between the two. It’s the way things are every four years in an American presidential election. If you did your civic duty of voting for the candidate of your choice then you should be damn proud of that fact! After the final and official results of the presidential election are in – and hopefully after one of the two major candidates makes his or her concession speech, you would do well to do yourselves a favor and get a grip on the reality of things and prepare to move on. To do otherwise is simply not worth the stress.

– RobFather X

Election Fight Night 2016

Today is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. I voted earlier this afternoon. Mind you, I had planned not to be like many other people and brag about performing an expected civic duty of every American citizen. However, since I have a few other things to say, why not make an exception and blog about it? And so, here it is.

hillary-clinton-donald-trump-presidential-nomineesFrankly, I couldn’t care less to learn whether Person X voted. So fuckin’ what? As far as I’m concerned, if you’re age 18 or older (especially if you’re a person of color), are not serving time in prison, not tied up in a basement, not in a coma, not living the last few hours of precious life on your death-bed, and… if you have a sound mind to understand certain things of this American  country (and in the world) and can read and write, then I say that if you call yourself an American, you’re expected to vote – either by absentee ballot or in person at your assigned polling place. There’s simply no other excuse for any American not to vote in any election.

I was happy to see many fathers bring their school-aged kids with them to the polling place in my neighborhood so they could watch their fathers exercise their constitutional right to vote. However, I’m still unhappy about the fact that my polling place has always been in a church. UGH! I’ve never liked that sort of thing nor do I think it’s appropriate, especially considering that churches do not pay taxes into the community or the federal government. As an American and as a former Christian-turned-agnostic-turned-atheist, I’d like to see that shit changed and changed immediately. Until the Johnson Amendment is repealed or done away with, religious places of worship and schooling have absolutely no place in anything political. None whatsoever! Government leaders and civil service department appointees who are responsible for choosing polling places need to change that shit. Places like public schools, public libraries, school gyms, municipal administrative buildings and courts – each which are public places that is funded and supported by tax-payer money are the only and the most appropriate places to place public voting booths.

ANYWAY…
Aside from the internet, both radio and television stations and networks are delivering the expected minute by minute/hourly election updates. It’s become a bit annoying, if not stressful, to watch and listen to news correspondents and political experts sound a bit overly excited – not just about the electoral votes of presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and about the happenings in congressional races but about [what I consider] certain insignificant things. For example, the comparing of the election results of 2016 with that of four years ago and how White college-educated women voted versus how White non-college women voted. Is it me or has anyone else ever noticed that the media never measures how college-educated women – or men of color vote in elections? I suppose people in my ethnicity and those in other non-White ethnic groups aren’t believed to be college-educated or something. I dunno. I think that sort of measuring is racially and gender biased. Another annoying thing for me is getting constant text message updates on my phone from the Associated Press and from other news sites to which I subscribe.

I’m turning it all off!

CHECK IT: Doctors often sedate or put you to sleep when performing a colonoscopy…at least that’s what the doctors at the Veterans Administrative hospital did to me when I had one a few years ago. During that procedure I don’t recall ever dreaming or feeling anything being stuck up my sexy brown ass; I just remember waking up in a room different from the one in which I was put to sleep. By choosing to ignore the presidential election results…. at least until after midnight (EST) tonight, I’m putting myself to “sleep” or in an election fight night “blackout mode”. After having to endure this awful election year of watching several presidential candidates (none of whom I ever cared for to be the next president of the United States) just insult, lie and hate on each other and, in the process of all that happening, also watch my beloved country become further divided on so many levels, I can say with complete certainty that Campaign/Election 2016 was the worse presidential campaign election period I have ever witnessed to date. I could use a few hours break from this present political reality.

Wake me when it’s all fuckin’ over.

– RobFather X

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Campaign 2016: Debate Moderation

When you’re damn serious about political debate moderation you don’t fuck around with hiring soft-spoken, timid and/or easily intimidated men and women to serve as debate moderators. Nah…fuck that.
You get… Samuel L. Jackson!samuel-l-jackson-debare-moderator-robz-edit

– RobFather X

President Obama, Our Flag and Nelson Mandela

U.S. Flag at half-staff in Remembrance of Nelson MandelaIt helps to know the history of your country, the rules and etiquette of your nation’s flag and the authority your nation’s leader has regarding the nation’s flag.
If you haven’t already, keep reading the internet web and/or listening to the news and social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. There you’ll see, read and/or hear trending stories of people and pundits making a fuss over President Barack Obama’s order to lower our nation’s flag to half-staff in memory of former South African president Nelson Mandela who passed away Thursday, December 5,Barack Obama 2013. Click Nelson Mandela: A Timeline to read my post and get a quick view of his life. On that date, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation ordering our flags to be lowered to half-staff until sunset Monday, December 9, 2013. Click Presidential Proclamation – Death of Nelson Mandela to read the proclamation. There is one particular story trending where a sheriff in South Carolina is defying the president’s flags at half-staff order in his department. Read that story here. NOTE: There is no legal penalty for defying the presidential order.

Some people are saying that lowering our flag for foreign leaders is not customary – which would be true to some extent if American history of the past forty-eight years didn’t suggest otherwise. Others are saying that since Mandela was not an American citizen then President Obama is/was wrong to order that the flag of the United States be lowered in his honor. And, as has so often been the case where half-staff-flags2Barack Obama is concerned, there are those people who are jumping on the ever-moving and ever-growing Obama-hate bandwagon to add their own senseless criticism of our president against something which they know little to nothing about. All of these people apparently refuse to check facts or do any research. As usual, I’m here to set the record straight and help quell the senseless argument(s) on this non-issue!
Here are the facts:

  1. By law, the President of the United States has the authority to order the U.S. flag flown at half-staff upon the death of a foreign dignitary. Click to read the U.S. Code regarding the Flag of the United States.
  2. The rare or customary practice (these terms are debatable so take your pick) – if we are to judge American history on this issue, was most notably first put into place by:
    • President Lyndon B. Johnson – upon the death of England’s former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1965 
      followed by
    • President Ronald Reagan – upon the death of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981
    • President Bill Clinton – upon the deaths of Israel Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 and of Jordan’s King Hussein bin Talal in 1999
      and
    • President George W. Bush – upon the death of Pope Paul II in 2005.

    Keep in mind that by the United States lowering its national flag for our friendly yet deceased foreign dignitaries in these situations, we show Nelson Mandela 1918-2013solidarity and respect as a nation to our allies. President Obama is/was legally and morally correct in his action in giving the order to have our nation’s flags lowered to half-staff in memory and respect of the late Nelson Mandela.

    Now, how do I know all of this? Simple. Not only did I live in all of those moments just mentioned, I also spent twenty years in the Navy and had lots of burial detail duty. I recall quite a bit about flag etiquette. I also did my homework and rechecked my dates to make sure my memory of these facts was accurate. I encourage each of you to do the same.
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    ** And now, this quick semi-related “NTK” (nice-to-know) info **
    Perhaps you’ve heard the terms half-staff and half-mast used interchangeably and wondered which term was correct.
    Here’s all you need to know:
    In American English, a flag flown halfway up its flagpole as a symbol of mourning is at half-staff  while a flag flown halfway up a ship’s mast is to signal mourning or distress and is referred to as being at half-mast.. Outside North America, half-staff is not a widely used term Flag at half-mast on ship inportand half-mast is used in reference to half-raised flags both on land and at sea. The term half-mast is also preferred in Canada for both uses, though half-staff appears more frequently there than it does outside North America.
    Reference: My personal U.S. Navy experience – supported by Grammarist.com
    Now you know!

    Keepin’ It…REAL!