Thursday, October 3, 2013

TTT #53: I Protest.

So earlier this week The United States Government closed.  As a tax paying citizen of the United States I was unaware that when my government couldn't come to an agreement they could just take the week off, with pay.  I wish I could make sweeping decisions like that.

"I don't want to do that today." - Kenny
"Well you are gonna..." - The Establishment
"Nuh uh..." - Kenny
"Uh are..." - Nazis
"Well I guess we'll agree to disagree..." - Kenny
"How about we just close for the next week and we can still get paid and anyone that relies on this place being open can just stuff it? - A Moron

I truly think it's amazing that a government could do that.  Until this week, I wasn't even aware it was a thing.  Sadly though, here in "the greatest country in the world"...

...our government can do whatever the hell they want and they have the people so brainwashed they think it is a great idea, and will continue to elect them, but bitch about what they do in the same day.!

TTT #53 Playlist
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Where HAVE all the flowers gone?!?

Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival

THE definitive Vietnam War movie song.  I think this and Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones is in every single Vietnam War movie in existence.  They have a right to be.   In this song John Fogerty sings about how he is being sent to war because he is not fortunate enough to be a senator's son.  Because, ya see, senator's son's don't HAVE to join the military.  In fact, most don't.  Remember when the government of your country were the first one's in the fight?

Don't Give Up The Fight

Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley

This will be one of two Bob Marley songs on here.  Anyone familiar with Marley and his ideals will understand I think why these are on this playlist.  History is made by people who stand up for what is right.  They wouldn't give up.  They fought for what they believed in and they didn't give up.  No matter the cost.


Won't Back Down - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Sorry for making the picture so large, but you had to be able to see what The Cap had to say.  I'll leave Mr. Rogers (heh) to it.

We're Gettin There

A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

Just because the majority of people think something is right, doesn't make it right.  You should take everyone on an individual basis.  Don't judge because of their hair, clothes, skin color, heritage, religion, lack of religion, language, belief, level of awkwardness, or anything that generates exclusivity.

Fight the urge.  We all judge.  How much you judge is up to you.  Be inclusive.  Invite someone in.  Say hello to someone that you normally wouldn't.  Just be nice.  Be.  Nice.  It's not always easy but it would make the world a better place.  It's easy to say that it would have no effect because not everyone would be nice.  That kind of thinking will always keep the world down.  It will eventually take over.

Be. Nice. Simple.


Redemption Song - Bob Marley

I know I have already included this song on a past playlist, that playlist only had 9 plays and was quite a while back.  Plus, how could I not include this song.  On this one I will let the song speak for me.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.

We Will Not Fit In...We Will Not Give In

Spirits of The Revolution - Larry Estridge

This is one of my favorite protest songs.  I heard it on NPR at 3 AM one night.  Finding it was not easy.  I think it sums up this post and my feelings perfectly.


Time They Are A Changin' - Bob Dylan

I truly hope that times are changing for the better and we don't end up in some sort of Orwellian tragedy.  I don't want to see The Ministry of Love become an actual thing.  Although the NSA do have a certain Thought Police vibe.  Shit, we may already be there.

I had to do it...

Do You Hear The People Sing? - Aaron Tveit, Eddie Redmayne, Students & Les Misérables Cast

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the song of angry men
It is the music of the people
who will not be slaves again

I am afraid I will see a second American Revolution in my lifetime.  Either that or we will be taken over.  We have long had the luxury of not having our wars and conflicts take place within the borders of our own country.  I don't think that luck will hold out forever.  I would like to believe that the United States Government wouldn't destroy the country before they would give up power.  I would like to believe that.

Final Thoughts

The biggest problem with the world today is people fear being thought of as stupid.  There was a time when, if you didn't understand something, you would try and learn more so as not to be ignorant.  Now people shun intelligence and revere ignorance.  To some ignorance is a badge of honor.

People too afraid to admit they don't understand something are among the most dangerous in the world, at least in my opinion.

Don't form opinions on something you don't fully understand.  It makes you look like a moron.  If you are a moron, or look, act, or think like one, don't vote.  Pleeeease, just...just don't vote.

I will now leave it all up to you.  =)

KKNY signing off.


  1. Kenny, herein lies the problem, Yes, the Government shutdown is disappointing.


    The fiscal year ends for the Government on Sept. 30th, which means that if a spending plan is not in effect, then the Government is NOT allowed to spend the Tax dollars that you and I are providing on Non-necessary Government services.

    Sure, you'll hear plenty from both sides about how it's somebody else's fault, but it doesn't matter in the end. The Government is NOT allowed to spend tax dollars unless a budget has been agreed upon.

  2. I understand that perfectly. My problem with it is that they shouldn't get paid to take a week (or more) off of work when their decision is holding up so many other parts of people's lives.

    I have heard that some of them have even decided to donate their checks to charity in order to show they don't think they should be paid either. I have to be honest though, it seems like vote farming when an already (probably) well off, or even rich, politician decides to publicly announces they are donating their salary to a charity. I am definitely cynical, but it just sounds fishy to me.

  3. Of course some are vote farming, in a couple years they'll be up for reelection and some will be heralded or grilled because of their stance now OR if they "flip-flop" on the issue.

    I can see both sides of personal opinion and business opinion from folks and business owners coming in to see me, their banker.

    I always let folks know that I don't pretend to follow politics though, and I don't intend to start because of topical news. Just nod my head and smile.

    The Affordable Care Act is here, Law, agree or disagree with some or all of it, it's part of healthcare reform that, for all I care about, will have the kinks and growing pains worked out by the time any of our generation truly relies on it.

    Sure, the government shutdown stems from said Law, but I currently think it's a mountain being made out of a mole hill. Of course that's my personal opinion, take it as it were a grain of salt.