Pushing the limits of respect

After I matured into a full fledged human being and learned compassion, I learned to treat people with a greater level of respect.

Respect for me is earned, not just given.

I tend to give a person a certain level of respect and what they do with it from there is up to them.

Along comes the Westboro Baptist “Church” spewing unbelievable volumes of hatred. I have expressed that had I not had any family, that it would be very tempting to make the entire family martyrs as one of their “protests”.

The Phelps family has lost their patriarch, Fred Phelps.

While the knew response is one of similar hate, we need to rise above them. I did find it ballsy that they asked fro the world to be respectful when they clearly are not.

Yes, it would be fitting for us to stand in line along the procession holding sign that say things like “No Fred, God doesn’t have f*gs, he only hates you.”

The Phelps family is in pain, just like we have all experienced and will experience again. The loss of a loss one, even when they are estranged, is not easy.

Please consider taking the higher ground and don’t throw hate at them right now. Let’s save our hate for a better issue.

Rest in Peace – Phyllis Diller

Ms Diller, you brought more laughter to me over my life than perhaps I deserved.
Yet, you still delivered it to us all.

She did not start her comedy life until after 40, but in the 55 years, she pioneered the territory for the female greats that followed her footsteps. I don’t know if she could receive enough accolades for her efforts.

She will certainly be missed.

So Sad – RIP

It is an utter shame about what happened in a Colorado theater last night.

To this point, we have not seen violence such as this in places of entertainment.
Perhaps as all of his things are sifted through, we will be able to get a better understanding of how this asshole cracked his egg.

With the media being saturated with this, I am going to try to find something else for us to play with, but at this moment, I am at a loss.

RIP – Andy Griffith

Another huge star has left us.

Andy Griffith brought a great amount of joy over the years.

His comedy routines were quite funny, his being a single dad (though heavily assisted by Aunt Bee) on tv, and the more serious acting and issues that he dealt with over the years will not be forgotten by those that paid attention.

The Andy Griffith show is still in syndication.

With any luck, more boys and men can use him as a positive role model.

He was strong, real, sensitive (but not overly), funny, and compassionate.  As I have read, it is very much like Andy was in real life.

 

Andrew Samuel Griffith, you didn’t receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for nothing and I thank you for all you did to make our days happier.

Donna Summer – RIP

Another sadness in the music industry….

Donna Summer, the Queen of Disco has lost the fight with lung cancer.

She may have had her Last Dance, but we will remember her Hot Stuff for a generation or two.

My mother was working for a theater when Thank God It’s Friday was released. I think I saw the file a dozen times or better.

Though there was the backlash against disco, her music stood above much of the field.

 

Adam Yauch (MCA) of the Beastie Boys

I am saddened to hear the passing of Adam Yauch.

One less Beastie Boy. . . Their Album Licensed to Ill was an anthem during my high school years.

“Now my name is M.C.A., I’ve got a license to kill
I think you know what time it is, it’s time to get ill
Now what do we have here, an outlaw and his beer
I run this land, you understand, I make myself clear.”

 

He will be missed, by many, as well as by me.

RIP Adam

Rest in Peace Dick Clark

Rest in Peace Dick Clark

Thank you for all of those years helping to form music as we know it.

Thank you for helping bring News Years in with grand fashion and pleasure.

You have been a fixture in the television/music industry for so long.

Looking at the amount of work he has done, it is incredible.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0163863/

I don’t even want to try to list all of his work.

 

My heart goes out to his friends and family.

It is a shame to see you go.

 

(I beat KATU to this story)

Trayvon Martin Bullshit

This seems to be an issue that is divided along a few lines.

  • Race
  • stance on guns
  • stance on community involvement
  • mandates on the police

I have only read a few articles on the subject, so I am still assessing the situation.

So many are upset that there has not been an arrest. Here in Washington, there is only one crime that police are required to arrest on, and it isn’t murder.

Domestic violence is the only crime that the police do not have latitude (technically).