Thoughts On Charlottesville

I spend most of my day dealing with politics. So much so that I try to avoid it completely on the weekends. In fact, I now spend so much time writing politics that I don’t have much time for fiction right now, except on the weekends.

Unfortunately, the events in Charlottesville, VA yesterday need to be addressed.  I did touch on it on Facebook last night, but there’s more and it needs to be talked about in more detail.

First, while I disagree almost everything they believe, the crowd that gathered in Charlottesville, VA had every right to peacefully assemble as they did. They had permits required, and thus were free to do as they did.

I’m pretty much a free speech absolutist. I believe unless the most vile among us are free to speak, none of us are truly free to speak.

In that regard, what happened in Charlottesville was a beautiful example of liberty.

Too bad that’s where the good stuff began and ended. Continue reading “Thoughts On Charlottesville”

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A Note On Alexandria

At the risk of saying, “Told you so,” I want to address a few things about yesterday’s events in Alexandria.

Yes, I did say violence was coming, and I did note that it would be this kind of thing. I hope and pray that this is actually isolated and nothing else will happen, but I’m not holding my breath.

I also hope no one from the political right decides that since leftists have started shooting, it’s open season. I can easily see that happening as well.

What I will say is that I’m glad that the only loss of life was the terrorist–and that is exactly what he was–who initiated the attack. Seriously, screw that guy.

This isn’t a good thing, and I really don’t like being right. I hope that history shows me to be more paranoid that prescient. We’ll have to see, but I’ll keep hoping and praying in the mean time. I’ll also be praying for all those injured during the attack.

To those who are rejoicing over this, or saying that the victims deserved it because they’re Republicans, I kindly invite you to perform anatomically improbable sexual acts upon your own person with the aid of a motorized wood cutting device that utilizes a sharpened chain operating at peak levels, preferably one where the chain is heavily oxidized and covered in goat semen.

If you are one of those people, shut the hell up. Otherwise, you’ll be to blame for the next attack.

On a completely different note, in addition to political writing and fiction writing, I’m working on a new project that should be fairly interesting. Yes, it ties in with some stuff mentioned on this blog, namely trying to become “hard to kill,” but I don’t want to get too deeply into it.

Later today, I’ll be working on testing some equipment that I currently own to see what will work best for the initial phases.

That’s right, this isn’t a writing project. Stay tuned to find out more later.