The ‘price of freedom’

By @manhasruinedgod on Twitter

A high school football coach should be a hero for a winning season, not for dying protecting children in the line of fire. High school students should be crying over their crush or stressed about Homecoming, not wondering what to wear to their BFF’s funeral.
Go home tonight and hold your guns. Feel the cold metal on your skin and smell the gun powder and oil residue, and know that only in this country, your guns are worth more than the lives of our children.

Their warm hearts are now as cold as the guns you’re clinging to. Your illusion of safety is worth more than the blood being spilled in the hallways of our classrooms.
But let’s not talk about it now, or tomorrow when it happens again. Let these children die because “It’s the price of freedom!” (Bill O’Reilly, 10/17 after Vegas)

They want to restructure our schools into fortresses to prevent this from happening again. Where is the freedom for our children playing behind guard, gates, and guns? Is this what we imagined for our kids? A violent, fearful existence, where they’re not safe anywhere?

There have been 30 mass shootings, 18 of them at schools, all in the first 45 days of this year – this is our reality.

Tonight, look at your guns and remind yourself that it’s worth more THAN a child’s life, and you’re OK with that.

Thoughts of an American ExPat living in Canada

After the last week with the Orlando shooting I’ve done some thinking; I have sat back and read the comments, watched as many showed their support for the victims and their families; changed profile pictures, prayed, and many who inspired us. I have watched political interests use this topic to provoke fear and propaganda to get votes. Now living in Canada; I am watching the US as a spectator, I am seeing what the rest of the world has been talking about. I see why they think that Americans are a bit insane — I think the rest of the world may be onto something.

Once I stepped outside the crazy (aka moved to Canada), I saw a different perspective, a different lens of the US and why it may be so f’d! What I have realized is that it’s not exactly the fault of Americans; we are bred into a system that has carefully manipulated and brainwashed many into the powerful and inspirational American “dream”, what is the dream? Here’s what the dream means to me:
Money, career, cars, homes, children, marriage, the list goes on. These all encompass what many Americans aspire to achieve to feel a level of self-worth and stature. What they don’t realize is that the: media, corporations, the political system are literally feeding you a ton of bullshit to make money, keep control, give you a sense of security. I’m guessing deep down many of you feel pretty unhappy or unfulfilled? Maybe what I am saying makes no sense to you? Lol My guess is that guns and violence have become the new normal for you; and it doesn’t shock many people now when a mass shooting occurs. That’s a bit crazy, actually a lot crazy. Take a guess how many times in the past 2 1/2 years that I have lived here that I have heard about a mass shooting in Canada? Go ahead, never? Yep, that’s right; it’s only expected in the states. Why? Maybe because we are known for force and military power and creating fear around the world? No one messes with the US, right?

When I moved to Canada 2 years ago, I figured it would be just like the US only much nicer people, and probably tons of maple syrup, hockey and people saying “eh”. Basically, I didn’t think too much about it. How arrogant could one be?! I literally did not know the geography of the country I was moving to or it’s immigration laws. I just figured they will let me in because, “Murica!”. Well, that was a rude awakening, it took me a grueling 2 years to get a work permit and permanent residency. I had to become a Canadian and follow their rules. I was outraged, how could they just not let me in???! Even in my own selfish mind I was appalled and convinced other Canadians of the absurdity too, funny how we can convince ourselves of what we believe to be the truth. It must be because this is how I feel and believe. But now looking back at this all; I would have respected the system and government, I would have explored the regulations and paperwork required. I guess the point of the my long status update is that we aren’t always right, what we think isn’t always true. Open up your mind, think about other perspectives, respect other people, try to live with love. Always trying to be right is exhausting, trying to live the way people want you to live and to their expectations is EXHAUSTING!

Right now watching my American friends and family here’s what I am seeing: I see fear, I see people struggling, division amongst so many, stressed, working their asses off, on so many drugs and caffeine and alcohol to keep the insane cycle going to be “happy” or the illusion at least. I see people chasing happiness and acceptance and seeing their way of living as right and the way. Here’s a random idea: What if you were to detox from social media and technology for a day or even a weekend? What if you actually lived in the moment and present to those around you? What if you for no reason or purpose did something amazing for someone else or even yourself? We need to stop living in fear and we need to stop thinking we are somehow better than everyone else. We are all human, we all have feelings and beliefs and dreams. We need to remove judgement and start respecting others opinions, beliefs, etc. (I am guilty and trying to do my best as well). I am saddened so see so much division, lack of compassion for others, and continued hatred. More shootings are going to occur, more people will die if we can’t change the mindset of ourselves now and start inspiring future humans. When violence happens, it impacts us all; we really need to start changing and evolving, we can do better. Starts with every one doing their part. Instead of changing your profile pic, get out help someone, don’t post it on Facebook… just do it. Talk to someone who is down and feels alone or depressed or different from you. We need to come together and help each other if we want to stop this senseless violence from becoming the new “normal”.

I am an American, I respect and love my country and everyone I encounter, we are all unique and different and can learn something from each other. I know we are so much better than the perception out there in the world . 💗

Crisis actor chick


I think I first started hearing that actors were being used to pose as victims, family of victims, Crisis actor chick 0and bystanders early in 2013, probably after the Boston bombing. There are images of similar-looking people at the sites of several mass shootings, and they make you wonder just what in Hell is going on. The government has tried to pass off bumbling as competence before. Anyone remember Brownie? But something like this, you wouldn’t want the same people showing up every time. We have YouTube and we can hit pause.

In the past few weeks images of this brunette have shown up on Facebook, either posted with some indignant comment by someone who wants us to have faith in the establishment or by someone who is trying to point out the similarities in the images. I won’t say whether the lady being shown is the same person or not. Crisis actor chick 1Nothing that the government does surprises me and I do not believe them when they speak. Could they have a program like this in place? Yes. It would take some sick fucks knowingly to star in something like this. I’m not sure if you’d classify it as psychopathic or sociopathic. Some of my fellow Photoshop geeks have started dropping her in other images.Crisis actor chick 2

Regardless, it doesn’t matter. Every time there is a mass shooting there are measures already planned and waiting for a switch to be thrown or they’re developed quickly after the event. As Mayor Emanuel once said, ‘…You never want a crisis to go to waste.’ He’s not the first one to believe the state should operate as opportunist. So expect more rhetoric about our ‘safety’ following every incident whether it’s a shooting or alleged criminal activity following a weather disaster.

crisis actor chick and Jason

The Anti-gun Nuts – You can almost set a watch by them

I knew this was coming. As soon as the Tucson massacre happened I knew there would be some sort of floated legislation idea in the media to restrict gun rights. I don’t know whether anyone who died would have been able to escape or protect the little girl, which would have been more important than escaping, within the seconds that it takes to change a magazine. As far as I am concerned that is a specious argument. Banning the sale of new high capacity magazines doesn’t mean the killer wouldn’t have been able to obtain one.

The Tucson Massacre

My condolences to the families who lost loved ones this past weekend and my thoughts and prayers with those who are on the road or trying to get on the road to recovery, especially Congresswoman Giffords. It’s sad. It’s tragic. And it shouldn’t have happened.

For these people this is Personal TEOTWAWKI. Life has changed permanently for those most closely affected by this. It’s changed for the rest of us as well but we each have to do our own soul-searching to determine the manner in which things have and will change.

I’m calling it a massacre because our condemnation of this kind of thing needs to be just as harsh as the thing that happened.