All he had to do was ask…
Long time readers know that I don't care whom I offend, and that I wrote solely for my own enjoyment. One of the biggest problems I've had in life is that I often see things too clearly. I would prefer not to. It's not fun. But you don't have a choice. And it gets me into trouble with just about everyone sooner or later.
The one area I feel an extra responsibility to restrain myself is when it comes to religion. That's because no one knows whether God exists even though both sides claim to have good evidence, and I admire those who find comfort in their religious beliefs because my beliefs bring me none, and short of some supernatural being appearing to me personally, that won't change.
Furthermore, if people use their religion to do good, who am I to say, "Yeah but…?" Everyone is just trying to get through as best they can, and I do believe that religious people are more serene on average. it would be wrong for me to do or say somthing that disturbs that.
But of course, a lot of bad things have been done by people in the name of religion, and they probably had the best of intentions at the time, even though people are still dead as a result. Not to mention tortured and otherwise ruined.
Which brings me to our own Timothy…
He wears his religion on his sleeve and that's OK. I'm neither threatened nor am I annoyed. Good for him. He believes in his faith and what it espouses…
Or does he?
Before I get back to that question, I need to explain the mixed feelings I have about participating on Vox. I appreciate the thoughtful comments I get here, and I especially appreciate hearing that I made you laugh. I think that's one of the best things you can do for people, so when I succeed, it's personally fulfilling. But I would prefer to just write aand leave the commenting to you if you feel inclined.
I explained to someone recently that I set out years ago to become a standup comic. I even moved to LA and performed a few times before I gave it up for two reasons: I couldn't stand to live the way starting comics had to, and I couldn't detach myself from my personal feelings about various events and people which just made me angry. And it became very clear to me that I could not overcome the latter then I saw a fellow named Mike Binder onstage at the Comedy Store.
Mike was one angry guy, and because of that, if you laughed at all at what he was saying, it was a nervous laugh. I wasn't near as bad as he was, but I realized that I couldn't find the humor in a lot of things that other people could, and that persists to this day. By the way, Mike went on to become a director.
And the least funny thing is what's happening to this country and which is caused mostly by liberals. Occasionally I can rise above, but usually, I just hate them, their hypocrisy and their stupidity, and I feel they are America's biggest threat.
So it is from that perspective, that I read others' blogs here, and the reason that I read these blogs is out of a feeling of appreciation in accordance with what I've said above as well as obligation – to support those who support me. But when it comes to politics and current events, it's rare that someone says something that some columnist hasn't said better elsewhere, and it's even rarer that someone posts something of which I was not already aware.
Thus I prefer entries involving matters of human interest, but even then, if I comment and I'm joking, I wonder if people appreciate it or they don't get it, or worse, they're offended when I had no desire to offend.
I mean, when I want to be offensive, believe me, it's unmistakable.
And although it might not be apparent, I try to be respectful of the fact that your blog is not my blog, so I usually don't post more than twice on the same thread, most especially ones containing liberal comments, because the longer it goes, the greater the likelihood that I won't be able to suppress my inclination to shred them. It's just too easy and they are just too deserving…
Even if you don't see it.
But now here's the thing: if you don't want me there, you shouldn't have the slightest hesitation to tell me and save us both future nuisance. Believe me, I won't be offended if you post here and I don't have to reciprocate.
The other side of that coin is, however, if you don't want me there, and you don't tell me. if instead, you act like a coward instead of a Christian and I go to perform my "duty" and find myself blocked, well, I might think less of you.
And if you happen to be one of the overtly religious, while I would certainly forgive, I won't forget you, and your "preachings" will take a hit forever… because if you're a hypocrite, unless you're St. Peter, I know there's a great probability that you'll still be a hypocrite the next time you're in what you consider to be a difficult situation.
Which brings me back to Timothy who, just the other day, said he liked me just the way I am. I admit that surprised me because I don't. but then I'm not Christian, so I figured he might have seen something I didn't?
And Timothy also takes the John McCain approach to bipartisanship – he thinks liberals not only have something to say, but that they have redeeming value. So yesterday, Timothy's talking about how terrible it is that liberals are trying to stifle free speech with the Fairness Doctrine, and he's "communicating" with a very average liberal idiot who shall remain nameless simply because she is so average, and Corey tells Timothy that she's heard rumors on National Public Radio that conservatives say that liberals who criticize Bush are un-American, "so both sides do it."
That's where I came in and I was very gracious to Corey – I only called her a couple of names. Then I asked her to provide us with an example of when Republicans/conservatives attempted to silence liberals by legal means…?
Corey responded the way all liberals do – by ignoring difficult questions, changing the subject and employing talking points… in this case, they were that I was just bitter and that we should all get along because we have a brand new President who deserves all our support.
All well and good, but I must have missed her apology for not according the same sentiment to George Bush – for eight years. And about what I'd specifically asked, in the words of John McEnroe, "The QUESTION, answer the QUESTION, JERK!"
Except that when I returned this AM to Timothy's blog, I found my post gone, my name removed from Timothy's neighborhood, me blocked – and Corey still there. Curious, but you don't have to hit me between the eyes with a 2×4 twice. I need Timothy, much less Corey, like I need a generic Timothy and Corey.
Timothy can still post here. In fact, I wish he would. Boy, do I. It's just that in my opinion as an ex-Christian, Jesus would have taken a different course than Timothy did. But take heart, Timothy, I like you just the way you are too – now that I know who you are, because it saves me a lot of future nuisance and misplaced trust.
But had you just asked… it would have saved me the trouble of writing this.