My Position on “Anti-Vaxxers”

Over the last ten years or so, I’ve grown quite annoyed with all the rhetoric, beliefs, and senseless fears of “anti-vaxxer” people; especially when those people base their reasons, fears of vaccines/vaccinations, and/or rhetoric against vaccinations and immunizations on some religious belief or faith.

Anti-Vaccine MovementI want readers to note that I neither care to argue or debate nor will I argue or debate the vaccination/immunization versus anti-vaccination/anti-immunizations issue on this blog nor on social media. (I simply despise debating certain issues in non-verbal and non-visual environments; preferring to hold certain debates face-to-face.) Now, like each of the persons situated in the pro- vaccination/immunization camp and in the anti-vaccination/anti-immunization camp, I too, have a position – albeit unpopular, on parents who are against vaccinations/immunizations and who absolutely refuse to vaccinate/immunize their kids.

Before stating that position I must preface with this:

  • I was duly vaccinated/immunized as an infant and during several periods of my childhood. I was duly vaccinated/immunized for certain diseases or viruses during my teen years. I received either a vaccination or a booster shot vaccination several times during my twenty-year career in the U.S. Navy – especially receiving certain vaccinations/immunizations or vaccine booster shots before traveling to foreign countries (like the Somalia, India, the Philippines, and Arabic countries) during my two decades of military service. And every year since my retirement from the military twenty years ago, I get a free anti-flu vaccination at the local Veterans Affairs Medical Center. I have also been vaccinated/immunized against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, and have been tested for Hepatitis C (for which, as of this writing, there is no vaccine or immunization). I’ve been a reasonably psychologically and physically healthy person all my life – meaning, none of the vaccines that either once coursed or which now course through my bloodstream, have had any adverse or negative affect.
  • I am a parent of twenty-three years as of this writing. My son’s mother and I had our child duly vaccinated/immunized whenever his age – per the medical schedule, called for a certain vaccination/immunization. None of the vaccines nor any of the vaccine booster shots our son obtained during the years of his infancy, as a toddler, as a young child, as a teen-ager, and none of the vaccines or booster shots that he received when he joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, have had any adverse or negative affect on his mind or body. In short, my son is a very healthy, strong, emotionally intact, and very intelligent individual today. I couldn’t be more happy or proud.

Now, here’s my position the anti-vaccination/anti-immunization issue:

I am not, nor have I ever been against vaccinations/immunizations. Having said that, I hope the kids of anti-vaccination/anti-immunization parents – if ever infected with a contagious disease or carrying a virus which could have been prevented had those kids been duly vaccinated/immunized, die and do so long before they are able to come in contact with or be in or near the presence of non-infected kids and adults and/or previously-infected kids and adults. I realize that sounds cruel but sometimes the health and lives of the many far and most justifiably outweigh the health and lives of a few. Depending on the virus, any contact with an infected/contagious person, and/or being in the presence of an infected/contagious person, or occupying an area or space once held by an infected/contagious person, could directly endanger or possibly endanger non-infected and/or previously-infected (and supposedly now-immune) kids and/or adults.

I feel that a medically protected or vaccinated/immunized civilized society simply cannot afford to play Russian roulette with the health nor with the lives of otherwise [generally] healthy children and adults with regard to unvaccinated/non-immunized children and/or adults who may carry or who may be subject to being infected and carrying some contagious disease or virus.

– RobFather X

A Simple Message

Ballcap_Don't get killed 4 being BlackThe message on this ball cap is very simple. And in America, especially in recent years, it is perhaps both the upfront and deeply rooted feeling of many Black American men and women.
May your travels to and from your home today and everyday be safe.

– RobFather X

No “Weirdness of Being Black” for Me

RobFather X  (face)I can relate to Atlanta comic artist Cory Thomas’ illustration shown in this link but please; after five decades of living and being aware of my world, I see simply a social norm, not any “strange new reality” or “weirdness of being Black” in everyday life for me and other people of color who live and/or work with White people after Donald Trump’s election to the U.S. presidency.

CHECK IT: Though I live, work and play in a valley which consists of any number of closeted and openly racists and bigots, I – unlike some, shall fear no evil mindset, heart, attitude or spiritual character held or expressed by any man, woman or child. For I have been raised, adequately trained, educated, tried and tested to always be on the ready to fearlessly put such people in check and – when necessary, to aggressively further defend myself against any negative mental and/or physical onslaught against my person. In short, one would be most wise not to ever come for me unless I specifically send for them.
#nofear

– RobFather X

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Orlando Massacre Victims at 49, not 50

I’m still seeing postings from social media users who are saying that fifty (50) men and women were killed in last Sunday’s massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Perhaps it’s insignificant but I think details and facts – no matter how minute, are important in situations like this.

Unless any one of the other 53+ people who were wounded or injured in that incident happen to die from their wounds – and I certainly hope each of them survive and has a healthy recovery – although reports say there are a few in that number who remain on the hospital critical condition watch list, the official death count of human victims in that massacre is still at forty-nine (49), not 50!
Orlando massacre victims (49) (14JUN 2016)
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies do not consider the perpetrator or antagonist killed in any crime a victim in their death count. This is why they [the FBI] do not – and neither should we – consider Orlando assassin and domestic terrorist Omar Mateen, a victim in that incident. I say this so that in our social media postings and social discussions we can correctly state the true number of people killed in that massacre.

Now, click here  or click the photo above to link to an interactive website slide of the still photo from the New York Daily News. The slide shows the name, photo and profile of each of the persons who were murdered Sunday June 12, 2016. Lest there being any misunderstanding, the photo and slide show photos of people; human beings of flesh and blood who, regardless of their sexual orientation, had been living members of our society. They were people who had simply been having a good time; enjoying the American freedom of having a good time with friends, acquaintances and strangers… until their lives were suddenly snatch away needlessly and tragically by… a bullet.

– RobFather X

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Same-Sex Marriage: The Keystone State Becomes No. 19!

HRC poster - PA same-sex banYES! YES! YES!
My home state – The Commonwealth of PENNSYLVANIA, aka the keystone state, has today – Tuesday, May 20, 2014, become the 19th state in the Union to allow same-sex marriage!! I was covered in goose bumps and tears came to my eyes upon hearing and confirming this fantastic news…especially because it happened in my home state! YES! YES! YES! Click here and here to links to the news stories! 

Congratulations to all same-sex partner/couples living in Pennsylvania who now can get married and live their lives openly as a legally married couple if they so choose!

A most special and hearty congratulations to my friends W. Ted Weeks and his fiancé Zachary Webster who live in my hometown Philadelphia! Ted and Zak met this month thirteen years ago so this news is a very special one for them as they celebrate their anniversary! What a gift!Zachary Webster & W_Ted Weeks-3b

I don’t need to speak further on this history-making event in Pennsylvania because I’ve often stated my feelings in support for same-sex marriage in various articles on this blog. In spite of that, let’s not forget that as of today, there remain 31 more states in America that have yet to make it legal – or completely legal for same-sex couples to marry and/or for those same states to recognize (and respect!) the marriages of married same-sex couples from other states in this great country.

I simply want to share with readers my excitement and joy as a former Pennsylvanian for this great and wonderful news. Once again, congratulations to all same-sex couples in the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as to those living in the great state of Mr & Mr Pillows casesOregon, which yesterday (19 May) became the 18th state to allow same-sex marriagethus joining other states and the District of Columbia in this great nation which have already fully legalized same-sex marriage. Click here for a good informative website called ProCon.org to help keep track.

A special THANK YOU to those civil groups, individuals and attorneys who may not necessarily be gay themselves but who are simply LGBT-friendly or allies.Gay Marriage-advocates-Pennsylvania Their efforts should not be overlooked. They have been ever supportive and/or hard at work in the fight to ensure the right of LGBT people or same-sex partners to marry and live as a married unit – complete with the same rights, privileges and responsibilities as any heterosexual married couple in America.

The fight for social equality in America – and the respect and recognition of that equality, continues!

Keepin’ It…REAL!