We are a country of cry babies – including the Emmy’s

When did we become a nation full of whiny children? And I’m talking about the adults! Just the other day I was driving around downtown Nashville and passed a group of protesters who have been camped out near the Capitol for something like 50 or 60 days. To be clear, I’m in full support of everyone’s right to believe/say/live how they want but the way a lot of angry people go about things these days is absurd. Like these camping protesters. They’ve demanded a meeting with the Tennessee governor (among other demands) to which he said he will not be meeting with them. And good for him! There is a proper way to go about having your voice heard in a way that actually can change things. If you don’t like a statue, immature children think, “I’ll just knock it down.” Adults should know better.

It’s like me wanting my beagle to “sit and shake.” When I say, “Piper, sit,” and she doesn’t do it, no amount of whining or making signs or pouting or camping out near her food dish is going to change anything. It takes discipline, rules, and the proper method to teach her to sit. Then to teach her to shake. Whining doesn’t help anything.

Unless you’re the dog.

“The squeaky wheel gets the grease,” right? Well, sometimes the squeaky wheel is just annoying and gets replaced with a new wheel.

If you want change, figure out how to make it happen the right way, not by being lazy and expecting everything to be the way you want it right now. Maybe it’s a problem because basically everything we have in America is “on demand.” When cry babies don’t get what they want when they want it, they cry. Because they’re cry babies. It’s what babies that cry do.

Moving on to the recent Emmy nominations (nominees are submitted by their peers, or even submitted by themselves), there is a little bit of whining going on about the lack of Latin nominees this year. One year it’s black folks, the next year it’s gay folks, I guess this is the year for Latin nominees to be the poster children for social justice.

Well, guess what? It’s their own friends and co-workers who are voting or not voting for them. That’s Hollywood, folks. Hollywood is as liberal as it gets, generally speaking, so maybe, just maybe, nominees and winners should be selected on the quality of their work, not the color of their skin or their heritage? Just an idea.

It’s like Joe Biden’s determination to have a black woman as his VP for the upcoming election. Does that smack of patronization? Why not just pick the best person for the job? It could be a man, a woman, black, white, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, trans, whatever! Just choose someone who will do the best work as Vice President. With the Emmy’s… vote for who you think is the best person in any particular category? If they’re black, yay! If they’re Hispanic, yay! If they’re white, yay! Let’s celebrate the best (as if I cared about the popularity contest anyway :/ ).

How’s that for a rant? What are your thoughts on any of these topics? Feel free to chime in with a comment below!

-Out of the Wilderness

The racist and sexist remarks Pres. Trump has said

I’ve gone ahead and put together a list of all the sexist and racist things U.S. President Donald Trump has spoken since he’s been president. So with these lists, it should help you save time in looking them up for yourself. Enjoy!

Racist comments from President Donald Trump

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Sexist comments from Donald Trump

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-Out of the Wilderness

The confederate flag and what changed my mind

When the issue of the confederate flag recently came back in the spotlight, I was on the side of those defending the freedom to fly it. It’s a part of U.S. history that shouldn’t be forgotten (but not because it’s anything to be proud of when it comes to race relations). There is so much more to “The South” than slavery and racism and all the stuff we hear in the news about what the flag may or may not represent.

On a trip from Tennessee to Missouri I saw these 2 trucks and snapped a few pictures. DSC09259 DSC09260 DSC09311 DSC09312With plenty of time in the car I tried to put myself in the place of those asking for the flag’s removal, mostly black people as far as I know. And it worked. The scenario I imagined was my nieces living in a city where they were mistreated for decades. Over time, most people there were awakened to what equality is, treating others as they’d want to be treated, and realizing they were wrong about my nieces being less than them. So this city had a flag and even after the renewed respect in the city, some still flew the flag representing the outdated actions of the city’s inhabitants. My blood boiled and then I understood. To my nieces, this flag is a reminder of their mistreatment.

In America, it’s not about north or south (both sides had slaves). It’s not even about preserving history (although if we forget it, we’ll repeat it). It’s about people.

The conclusion to my hypothetical scenario and the real-life conflict we’re in today is this: People are more important than things. People are more important than flags. If it comes down to respecting your neighbor, try to understand where they’re coming from and make the choice that elevates the person above tradition.

-Out of the Wilderness

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J “Accidental Racist”

The song recently released is called “Accidental Racist,” and it features LL Cool J rapping on a Brad Paisley song. The best way I can think to describe it is imagine a junior high kid in the basement recording songs off the radio with his dual cassette deck stereo he got for Christmas. On a rainy day when he had nothing better to do, he thought, “I wonder what it would sound like to combine two songs?” So he found an old tape of a rapper from the early 90s and the most opposite song he could find on another tape. Working through the night, he spliced the rap into a slow country song and this will be the moment he’ll look back on years from now and know he’s better at selling insurance than making music. He’ll go on to have a successful career, he’ll marry a girl he met in college, have a couple of kids, and take them to soccer games on Saturday morning. No house in the neighborhood holds a candle to the Christmas decorations he sets up every year. Not only that, he’s a monster when it comes to fine washables, which his wife appreciates. Every now and then he wonders what could have been if he’d spent more time in the basement that summer. “Who knows,” he thinks, “I could’ve been like the white version of Eminem.” Then one Saturday after his oldest daughter lost 3-1 to the soccer team from one county over, the Taney Tornadoes, he stopped by Publix to pick up some tea.