Sit in the same spot for anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour...for days on end? And write?
As I mentioned at the start of this series I have done this before...twice.
(You can read Day 1- 2016, here)
I work 5 days a week and I decided to loiter in a nice spot off to the side of the parking lot at the Walmart where I work.
The past 3 days have seen more terrorism, , first in Nice, France, as a Muslim terrorist used a truck to kill more than 80 people and injure a couple hundred more, then this morning in Baton Rouge, LA....another Black on Cop mass killing, this time ending with the death of killer.
Like many people I kept up with news and stories and essays, and that meant spending my lunch time at work, doing so at my Sit Spot.
Newt Gingrich said the U.S. should “test every person here who is of a Muslim background” to see if they pose a threat to the country.
Speaking to Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, the former House speaker said if those background checks reveal an allegiance to Sharia law, or Islamic law, the individual “should be deported.”
“Let me be as blunt and as direct as I can be: Western civilization is in a war,” Gingrich said.
Sharia is incompatible with Western civilization.”
He did, however, make it clear he is “perfectly happy” to welcome Muslims “who have given up Sharia” into the United States.
That last idea, though, is not so simple to implement when you consider that the Koran teaches, among other things, that it is OK to lie to and deceive the Infidel to further Islam.
I have no problem shopping at Muslim owned businesses and eating at restaurants, or working with Muslims, but I keep in mind all that I have read and learned, from 30+books and numerous other sources, since Sept 11, while doing so.
It is only prudent. If America is not careful we will have the same problems that Europe and Great Britain have brought upon themselves, the last 30 years, with their open immigration from the Middle East.
Allen West wrote a great essay that, among other things, makes the following observation: "
"We throw ourselves into gyrations about measured responses, restrictive rules of engagement, and reduction of collateral damage. In other words, we are providing the enemy sanctuary because of our reticence to unleash hell upon them. The people in Nice were not considered for collateral damage; they were brutally and savagely run down and shot — just as in Orlando, Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino — and the list goes on."
Bruce Bawer, in City Journal, wrote a powerful essay that shares important truths that people in the West need to face.
His essay addresses this point, among others: "The time for shock is over. The time for heaping up flowers and candles and stuffed animals at the sites of atrocities is over. The lies and ignorance and cravenness must end, and the simple facts must be faced. The free, civilized West has, for years now, been the target of a war of conquest—a war waged in many forms (of which terrorism is only one) by adherents of a religion that preaches submission, intolerance, and brutality, and our leaders and media, with few exceptions, continue to play a game whose fatuity, fecklessness, and pusillanimity have become increasingly clear."
As for what happened in Baton Rouge...
I agree with the head of Cleveland Police Union: "Obama Has ‘Blood on His Hands’ After Baton Rouge Cop Killings".
This man most likely speaks for most law abiding African-Americans in his angry video that rips the Black Lives Matter movement to shreds...
Then there is this...Week-Old Facebook Post From One of the Fallen Baton Rouge Officers Is Going Viral.
“To me this is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s heart. And until we come together as a nation, as a people to heal as a people, if we don’t do that and this madness continues we will surely perish as a people.”
Today was my last day sitting at my sit spot, but not my last day writing this month. I may change my sit spot to the break room at work.
Several times over the past 2 weeks I felt itching in my legs, around my socks but, not seeing the source I assumed I was imagining it...until today.
Black ants...under the tables where employees eat and smoke during breaks.
As nice a spot the tables are to rest and eat and write, i don't need to accidentally bring ants home with me so...
It was nice while it lasted.
But 13 years ago, Beck tapped the same stream of patriotism and outsider anger that Trump has turned into rocket fuel for his extraordinary presidential campaign.
As I return to Cleveland this week for the convention to crown Donald Trump as the presidential nominee of the Republican Party, I find myself thinking this stunning development would be easier to understand if I had gone to the Beck rally in 2003.
Obviously, Beck understood something that I missed completely.
"With just a return to reason, principles and decency we can not just restore the American Dream, but chart a new course that is far beyond anything our founders could have ever dreamt.
The future is ours. The world is going to change in deep, lasting and profound ways. But what we do right now will make all of the difference.
We must stop trying to win or point the finger at those who were "wrong". We must move toward what MLK called reconcilliation.
You didn't cause this, nor did I. We all did. Everyone on the planet today. 10% of us just in this country can tip the scales and lead us to safety and a much brighter future.
Perhaps it begins with just the two of us."